Park life! Kids get
into summer spirit

HANG TEN -- Lily Robinson-Davis and Chloe Adams  try their hand at surfing at Titchfield Park Parkfest -- DISPIC NHUD12-2060-3
HANG TEN -- Lily Robinson-Davis and Chloe Adams try their hand at surfing at Titchfield Park Parkfest -- DISPIC NHUD12-2060-3

HUNDREDS of children flocked to a large-scale play event on Hucknall Titchfield Park on Monday to launch Parkfest ‘12.

The Parkfest, organised by Notts County Council’s youth service, has run for the whole of this week and ends today (Friday).

It has tied in perfectly with the second week of the London Olympics, inspiring youngsters to take part in all sorts of sporting-style activities.

A well-varied programme for Monday’s event included a climbing wall, a surf simulator, zorbing, a bucking bronco and football tournaments,

In the spirit of the Olympics, medals were awarded to the winners of skateboarding and BMX cycling competitions.

Coun John Wilmott (Lab), deputy leader of Ashfield District Council, was among a team of volunteers who helped out at the launch event, preparing and serving fruit to the youngsters.

A barbecue was also set up and there were long queues for hot dogs.

Coun Wilmott said: “It has been great to see so many youngsters enjoying themselves. The Parkfest has been a perfect way to keep children amused during the school summer holidays.”

A spokeswoman for the organisers said: “This is the second year of the Parkfest. We have had a brilliant week and the weather could not have been better.”

The park, which has again won a Green Flag award, has proved an ideal setting for the event.

Coun Lynn Sykes chairman of the county council early years and young people’s sub-committees, said: “We are really on to a winner with Parkfest and it is proving beneficial to many families. It is the latest in a packed calendar of youth activities we are offering during the year.”

Titchfield Park was the third port of call in a roadshow by the Parkfest across Ashfield. The first two were on Sutton Lawn, Sutton, and Woodnook Park, Selston and the final one will be at Kingsway Park, Kirkby, next week.