Chelmsley Wood

Published on November 5th, 2014 | by admin


Alcoa Comes to Aid of Meriden Adventure Playground

Meriden Park in Chelmsley Wood has been presented with a generous donation from local company Alcoa Kitts Green to invest into the children’s adventure playground.

The donation has been made possible through the company’s volunteer programs administered by its global Alcoa Foundation.

On Thursday 30 October, Councillor Robert Hulland, Cabinet Member for Environment and Housing, was presented with a cheque for $3,000 by Alcoa representatives in Meriden Park. This marks the third donation from Alcoa to the playground in the last six months, and is their largest donation so far; $3,000 converts to just over £1,860.

The money will be used for repairs and maintenance of play equipment following three fires in the playground during September.

Councillor Hulland said: “Meriden Park adventure playground is hugely valuable to the community. We are grateful to Alcoa for enabling us to rebuild quickly and keep the playground open and safe for the many children who benefit from its facilities.”

Meriden Park, which is a focal point of the local community, contains a bowling green, a football pitch, its own lake and stream, a skate park, parkour facilities and tennis courts. The adventure playground itself opened in 2007 and has proved a firm favourite for children ever since.

It has an emphasis on creative and exploratory play, allowing children to build their own dens and toys. It also has its own fire pit for supervised use, and now also contains a community café staffed by volunteers, the proceeds from which go towards further improvements for the playground.

Jim Wallace Plant Manager, Director from Alcoa said: “This is a fantastic project focused on the development of children. We are very pleased to be able to help support the hard work and commitment of the team at Meriden Park in supporting our community, which is a key part of Alcoa’s values and DNA.”

Alcoa, a global leader in the aluminium industry, also donates materials generated from its factory for use at the playground, contributing to the further advancement of sustainable materials use.

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