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Leisure: Stunning new play area in Radnor Park Folkestone - open to all!

Contributed by editor on Jul 28, 2017 - 11:55 AM

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By Ray Duff

Last weekend saw the official opening of the new play area in the south eastern corner of Radnor Park, near the refurbished Lodge.
 

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The park was opened by Folkestone Town Mayor Roger West and attended by Shepway Council leader Cllr David Monk, the sculptor of the new fountain statue, and many local families with their children and friends.

The fountain, which had sadly lain derelict for many decades, has also been fully revamped with a new version of the original statuette of the town's patron saint St Eanswythe sculpted by Nina Bilby.


Left; Close-up of the St Eanswythe statuette. Right: The revamped park fountain  Photos: Ray Duff

It was lost during WW2 but is now back in place on the top of the structure along with all of its former drinking points from each restored bowl.

The Park is already proving highly popular with families who are bringing their children daily to enjoy the many facilities which include swings, a zip wire, climbing tower and frame, adventure areas and a toddler park.


Top & bottom: The play park areas  Middle: Close up of one of the play facilities  Photos: Ray Duff

The £400,000 work to restore the fountain and construct the play-park has been a joint effort by Shepway District Council, Folkestone Town Council, Folkestone Parks and Pleasure Ground Charities and East Kent College and the Radnor Park Community Group.

A special mention should be made to Susie Illman, a mum of three who began two years ago to gain local community support for the redevelopment under the Radnor Park Community Group.

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