Bulwell Forest Park event a big community success

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Bulwell Forest Park came alive on Saturday as the community came out in force to have fun.

The third successive Fun on the Park event was a culmination of many volunteers’ efforts to put on a community event by its residents.

Groups from across the Bulwell area have worked hard over many months to put together this event, which was opened at 1pm by Olympic torch bearer Barry O’Dowd.

An entertainment programme featuring the Nottingham Boys’ and Girls’ Brigade Marching Band, local singers Rosanna and David Hurt and Bulwell Riverside Community Choir - kept the crowds entertained.

For the more energetic, there was the Sarah Summers Dance Group involving lots of audience participation and prizes for children.

“There were also many varied and interesting stalls provided by many community groups,” said Joy Rice of Bulwell Action Group. “A food court provided tasty snacks and savoury lunches from Winnie’s Café of Rise Park and ethnic food from sFice.

“Cakes baked by local church groups and volunteers, plus cakes donated by Bradbury’s Bakery were sold to raise funds for Fun on the Forest, raising £189.31.”

The event was made possible by sponsorship from Bulwell Forest councillors, One Vision, Nottingham City Council, Right Track Social Enterprise and many volunteers.

The day also featured the official opening of the much-awaited play park.

The £110,000 Highbury Road play park wasopened by Coun Nick McDonald, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for jobs and growth.

Coun McDonald, a Labour member for Bulwell Forest ward on the council, also planted a wild cherry tree.

Coun McDonald said he had watched the workforce battling on winter days to make sure the development remained on schedule.

“I think what has been achieved is an incredible improvement on what was here before,” he added.

“I am also personally pleased that 25 local people have been employed on the project.”