New Community Park Opens In Hampton

6 September 2014, 06:11 | Updated: 6 September 2014, 06:15

A 700 strong petition started by two entrepreneurial children has lead to a new community park opening in Hampton.

Eleven-year-old Harry Cooper and ten-year-old Joe Wright started their petition calling for improvements to outdoor facilities in Hampton. Peterborough City Council responded and founded a project group that attracted £100,000 funding towards a new community park with contributions and assistance from BGL group, British Land, Hampton Parish Council, O&H Hampton and WREN.

Harry and Joe started their petition and spoke to residents to find out what facilities were most wanted on a potential site. Plans were then created for a multi-use sports, gym and play area which includes a wheelchair-friendly orbit roundabout.

Harry and Joe served on a project board that managed all aspects of funding, planning and delivery. To mark their drive, determination and commitment to complete the project they have been honoured with officially opening the new Hampton community park on Eagle Way on behalf of Peterborough City Council.

The park is home to table tennis tables, open air gym equipment, a ridge climbing rock, picnic tables and seating. A new wild flower area has been planted and safety surfaces installed where appropriate.

Councillor Nigel North, Cabinet Member for Communities and Environment Capital, said: "Hampton community park is a great example of what can be achieved when communities work together and demonstrates our commitment to improve the quality of life of our young people. The vision of Harry and Joe and the generosity of our partners has helped us deliver something truly wonderful for the community."