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Local officers help regenerate Community Action Funded Easton playground after employee theft left its future uncertain

Felix Road Adventure Playground

An example of just one of the initiatives hosted by Felix Road Adventure Playground

This Friday, December 11, up to 25 police officers and PCSOs will give up their time to help clear, repair and revitalise the Felix Road Adventure Playground (FRAP) in Easton.

The playground is at the heart of the community in Easton, providing not just play equipment for local children, but activities such as crafts and circus skills.

Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens said: “I think it’s great the local neighbourhood policing team and response officers are giving up their time to help clear up and regenerate the Felix Road Adventure Playground.  I have no doubt that their efforts will really help to make a difference and it will mean a lot to the local community.

“The Adventure Playground offers free open access play in a safe and exciting environment and is invaluable in helping support and integrate young people in the local Easton community.  They also provide an extensive programme of activities in the school holidays which I’ve supported through my Community Action Fund.” 

The charity suffered a financial blow earlier this year, after an employee stole over £27,000 and was subsequently jailed for 12 months.

PCSO Jordan Cleary from the Easton Neighbourhood team, who is leading the clear up said: “We are spending this time cleaning up the playground because it is a life-line for the local community and provides a safe environment for local kids to play and hang out. It is more than just a playground, it is a community hub, offering a rich and varied programme of activities for children and families.

“Providing young people with something to do and a safe place to spend time with their friends is one of the main ways to prevent them getting into trouble and stops them from hanging around on the street, where they can be vulnerable to peers or older criminals trying to exploit them.

“That’s why we’re taking this time to support FRAP and make the site as welcoming and inclusive as it can be.”

Eddie Nuttall, Playground Development Coordinator for FRAP said: "The children of Easton and wider Bristol have been reliant on Felix Road for over 40 years. During that time we have made a significant impact on countless young lives, providing children with valuable life experience and an environment which they as children can hold a stake in.

“The theft in August meant local children could lose this valuable resource - at least for a period of time.

“Without the support and generosity of the police and other benefactors, we would be in a very different place right now. It is thanks to this support that we can begin to imagine a brighter future for Felix Road and make tentative plans going into 2016.

“There is a buzz about the place at the moment, with local people coming together and working to put things right in this very special place. Felix Road would like to thank the police deeply for being key associates in this process." 

www.felixroadplayground.org/

Posted on Wednesday 9th December 2015
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