Crowd funding target reached for new playground! 

Posted: 26th February 2016, 1:38pm

The local community is jumping for joy today as it was announced that the Friends of the Victoria Playing Field (FVPF) had reached their crowdfunding target.

This means that the much needed new playground for the Playing Field will be installed.

Two pledges from local businesses, Waffle House and the local BP garage which is situated next to the playground, meant that the target was hit comfortably.

“We are thrilled to be part of this amazing project in our community. The contributions from the local residents and businesses have been amazing and a great achievement. Myself and the store team are looking forward to seeing how we can continue to be part of the development” said Raj Sarbiaya Store Manager BP St Albans.

“I’m glad to be able to support a project that will give so much benefit to the local community. It’s an amazing community project and will give many benefits” said Joe Gaze of the Waffle House.

FVPF will now apply for major grants to help boost the campaign and spend even more money creating a space that everyone can use. FVPF had planned on applying for grants from the outset of the project and believe that the support received to date will increase the likelihood of applications being successful.


Verulam and St Peters Ward Councilors have also agreed to support the project with £5k from each Ward.
Cllr Alun Davies, who represents St Peters Ward, commented: "A massive well done to the whole team who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. It is an amazing result for our community! What is particularly pleasing for me as a Councillor is the great work done between the resident’s group and the Council.”

Tim Leicester from FVPF said: "When we initially considered the project and crowd funding we planned to install some good equipment. With the incredible support we have had from the community, businesses and local councillors we can create a really great facility with equipment mixed with the natural play elements in a natural looking environment. This is exactly what people have asked us for which is brilliant. So a big well done to all who have been involved or supported this.”

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