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Community park is on the lookout for new volunteers in Lowestoft

PUBLISHED: 07:00 19 February 2015

Friends of Gunton Community Park are looking for new volunteers as numbers have dwindled over the years.
Ian Robb (yellow jacket) Maureen Fryers and John Fryers at the community park.

Friends of Gunton Community Park are looking for new volunteers as numbers have dwindled over the years. Ian Robb (yellow jacket) Maureen Fryers and John Fryers at the community park.

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A community park committee is appealing for volunteers to get in touch, as they try to move forward future plans for the space.

Gunton Community Park. Picture: Nick ButcherGunton Community Park. Picture: Nick Butcher

The Friends of Gunton Community Park have seen their numbers fall dramatically after several active members died or decided to move away from the area.

The popular park was created around ten years ago after residents wanted the neglected Montgomery Avenue playing field to be better used.

The committee have a range of ideas in how to develop the park, but these are in danger of not being followed through with the lack of volunteer interest.

Projects suggested for the future included litter picks – which could involve schools in the area and extra seating on the park; an item requested by parents taking their young children to the play area.

There is also the possibility of planting three trees, two to commemorate the world wars and one to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Gunton Estate in 1945.

John Fryers, 75, has always been involved with the park having lived in the estate all of his life. He is chairman of the committee which is now down to just four elderly members.

“Our problem is that we can’t get anybody on the estate interested. We have leafleted various houses but I think people are quite happy to sit back and let other people do it.

“We fall in same categories as other organisations with everyone suffering from a lack of interest. I think everyone is struggling.

“Anything would help us out, especially if people want to come and get their hands dirty.”

Last year the committee spent £30,000 to improve the play area on the field and they are in the process of trying to obtain more funding which will facilitate other seating areas and trees.

Mr Fryers added: “We were an organisation set up 5 or 6 years ago with the help of the Green Light Trust. At the time, we had a vacant park with nothing on it so we decided to help the community and to try and improve it.

“It’s hard because if we put on free entertainment with a marquee and other acts we get over 300 people but when it is finished that’s it.

“We have had to use some of our own funding and at the minute we might be able to last 2 years.

“I am exhausting all places to know where to get money.”

For more information about the Friends of Gunton Community Park or to volunteer, contact John Fryers on 01502 569192, or Email: johnfryers@btinternet.com

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