Family afternoon to mark opening of new play area

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The opening of a new £82,000 children’s playground in Long Crendon is to be marked with a fun-filled family afternoon.

The playground, which is to be named Jubilee Park, is the result of a huge push by the village’s parish council, led by Councillor Caroline Bevan.

The Mayor of Aylesbury, Councillor Ranjula Takodra, will be joined by eight-year-old competition winner Jann Bilker – who designed the sign for the new park – for the official opening. The new area has the very latest equipment and gives Long Crendon a play zone that appeals across age groups.

The building of the park was funded by contributions from the Aylesbury Vale District Council Community Chest and Long Crendon Parish Council.

French company Hussons designed the park, having recently set up their new headquarters in Aylesbury. The park will be their showcase for the area and the company will be maintaining it for free for the next two years.

The opening event will have stacks of entertainment for all the family, including a bouncy castle, a barbecue and a magician.

There is also expected to be circus skills training, balloon modelling, two activity tents, face painting, temporary tattoos, and games of splat the rat, milk the cow and giant Jenga.

Organisers are also hoping pony rides will be available for visitors on the day.

The opening is to take place at the park in Long Crendon on September 7, from 3.30pm to 6pm.

The park is the first of two due to be opened by the parish council.

Funding has now been secured by the council for a skate park, zip wire and bike track to be built at Harroell on the village’s outskirts in the near future.