Friends add zip to Millhouses Park

7 yr old Solomon MARAGH enjoying the newly opened zip- wire in Millhouses Park
7 yr old Solomon MARAGH enjoying the newly opened zip- wire in Millhouses Park

THERE’S an extra zip to Millhouses Park these days.

Up to 30 people attended a ceremony last Saturday morning for the official launch of a zip wire as the latest addition to the children’s attractions.

The project was driven by Kate Stow of the Friends of Millhouses Park, working with the council, and was financed primarily by the landfill credits scheme of waste management company Veolia.

“It was a dead area between the swings and the skate park,” said treasurer Richard Exell. “It’s something for kids in the middle age bracket. There’s Splash for the younger kids and the skatepark for the older kids.”

The official launch – literally – in the rain was by Lord Mayor Sylvia Dunkley.

“Every time we have an opening, it rains!” said Richard. “But it wasn’t too bad this time and it didn’t dampen anybody’s spirits.”

The zip wire, on part of the site of the old lido, has already been used by children for a few weeks and has proved very popular, he added.

Next for the Friends is a cycle track for younger children and a project to convert an old mill into community centre, which sees the volunteers collaborating with Carterknowle and Millhouses Community Group. They have been awarded an initial £50,000 heritage lottery grant.