MERIDEN Adventure Playground Association has become the latest community group to benefit from the HS2 Community and Environment Fund (CEF). They have been successful in their bid for a £75,000 grant to improve the adventure playground in Chelmsley Wood.
The project will involve installing two new large converted shipping containers at the playground to be used by children and young people after school, in the evenings or when the weather is cold or wet, especially during the winter. The playground is a creative, safe, user led space where young people can enjoy outdoor space, exercise their imagination and bodies, and eat healthy food.
The HS2 Community and Business funds were launched in 2017 and have to date supported 34 projects in the West Midlands which have shared more than £1.6million.
Ali Wood, chair of Trustees of the Meriden Adventure Playground Association, said: “We are thrilled to have these containers to give us some warm, dry space for the first time in the playground’s history.
“This will enable us to have an office and training/meeting space as well as space for all kinds of children and young people’s activities when the weather is bad and it is dark. It will make a huge difference to future winters and both groups and individuals that we support.”