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New path will improve park access for the disabled

Jennifer Templar cutting the ribbon at the West End park - grand opening of new link path for new 'pocket park'.

Jennifer Templar cutting the ribbon at the West End park - grand opening of new link path for new 'pocket park'.

A new path has been unveiled in one of Spen’s most popular parks.

Headteacher of Whitcliffe Mount School Jennifer Templar was the guest of honour at the grand opening of West End Park’s new circular path.

The work at the site was part-funded by the Veolia Trust which gave the group a grant of £12,000 for the work.

The Friends of West End Park group said the new path would improve access for people with disabilities and also for pushchairs.

Head of the friends group Martin Webster said: “The creation of a circular all-weather route was our main objective when we first started the friends group over two years ago, so it was hugely satisfying to see that ambition made real.”

Cleckheaton councillor Kath Pinnock (LibDem) commended the efforts of the friends’ group, and said: “It is amazing what has been achieved through a combination of vision, community, and relatively small amounts of funding.”

After the ceremony, the friends’ group was treated to coffee and cake in the library of Whitcliffe Mount School.

Martin said the group had future plans to create a fitness trail, a memorial walk and an art park on the site.

He added: “I hope 2014 sees more progress – limited only by our imagination!”

 

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