Sporting star opens playground

Premiership footballer Dean Windass opens the newly refubished recreation grounf in Rainton watched by, on bikes, Callum Clarke, Arthur Webster-Jones and Ossie Spencer. (S)
Premiership footballer Dean Windass opens the newly refubished recreation grounf in Rainton watched by, on bikes, Callum Clarke, Arthur Webster-Jones and Ossie Spencer. (S)

Ex-premiership footballer and Sky Sports presenter Dean Windass opened Rainton’s newly refurbished recreation ground.

The local sporting hero cut the ribbon at the village’s revamped playground at a family fun day this month.

The new site is aimed at children aged between eight and 13 and boasts a twenty-metre zip wire, a BMX track, a one metre wide wavy slide, and a wooden fortress, and children in the village helped choose and design the eqiupment.

Christine Egerton, chair of the Rainton Recreation Committee, said:

“After months of planning it’s so exciting to see the children’s designs come to life. It’s going to be very satisfying seeing the older children really enjoying the space they’ve helped to create and making the most of the generous funding we’ve had.”

The project has taken two years to complete and was managed by Rainton’s Recreation Committee with a £30,000 grant from North Yorkshire County Council’s Playbuilder Scheme and help from construction firm Carillion Morgan Sindall’s Joint Venture.

Rainton sits just off the A1 and has experienced disruption and inconvenience through the road upgrade. Contractors Carillion Morgan Sindall decided to helped the village with funds for the new recreation ground as a way to balance the disruption of the works and donated materials and labour to the scheme.

Project Director Chris Hayton said: “When undertaking a major project in an area we like to leave a lasting legacy for the local residents as a thank you for their patience during the works. We hope that young people will enjoy the facility now and in the future”