Charity update: Skipton playgrounds


Earlier this year we distributed the first in our latest round of charity grants, and recently we received the exciting news that the project, a children’s playground at the Raikes Road Recreation Ground in Skipton, is now open to the public.

We were delighted to contribute £500 to the project, which was undertaken by Skipton Town Council and entailed substantial landscaping works as well as the purchase and installation of play equipment. The addition of the playground, which features a trampoline as well as swings, slides and climbing frames, has made the recreation ground much more engaging and welcoming for local children.




The playground officially opened in early September, with the opening was attended by Mayor Karen McIntyre, local boy Luke Mortimer and his family, local Councillor John Dawson and Mark Robinson from the Skipton Town Council Estates team (above). Below is a work-in-progress picture showing the extent of the work that needed to be carried out in order to create the playground. If you’re local to Skipton and fancy paying a visit to the playground, you’ll find the entrance to the Raikes Road Recreation Ground here.



Asked about the playground project, our Sales, Marketing & Design Director, Caroline van Niekerk, said: “Skipton Properties was delighted to contribute to the new playground on Raikes Road. Regeneration projects, including the homes we’ve recently created in the former St. Stephen’s School nearby, form a large part of what we do as property developers, so the idea of helping to breathe new life into a rather unloved piece of land really appealed. We were also glad to contribute to a project that will benefit and be enjoyed by people in our local area. The team at Skipton Town Council has done a fantastic job, and we hope the playground will provide lots of fun for local families for many years to come.”



Speaking of St. Stephen’s School and our development just up the road in Skipton, our close proximity to St. Stephen’s Catholic Primary School and Nursery, which replaced the Victorian school we’re currently transforming into homes next door, has meant we’ve been able to provide hands-on support. Earlier this year we undertook some essential repairs to the school playground, receiving the wonderful hand-drawn cards above as a thank you, and last week we were able to provide emergency assistance with a drainage issue. Our team was delighted to help out, as you can see from the pictures shared by the school below!



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