DOZENS of Chafford Hundred families took advantage of Monday’s (25 July) sunshine to picnic and play.
Residents have been campaigning for years for a park to be built on the estate and on Monday they were celebrating.
Residents and local councillors joined chair of Chafford Hundred Community Forum, Philomena Cleavely, and Mayor of Thurrock, Cllr Charlie Curtis at the official launch of the Chafford Hundred Park, on the corner of Rainbow Road and Warren Drive.
South Chafford member, Cllr Tunde Ojetola, said: “I am pleased that the years of discussions and planning have finally produced this fantastic result.
“I commend the resilience of Philomena Cleavely and all other volunteers who made it a reality.
“The park serves as a play area and will later include an extension of the Essex Wildlife Centre. Work is ongoing as the park still needs more play equipment which will be added over time.”
Funding for the park came from a variety of sources, £4,500 from National Grid; £60,000 from Veolia, £10,000 from Awards for All; £3,000 from the Thurrock Thames Gateway Development Corporation, £10,000 from Chafford Hundred community forum, and work donated by Thurrock Council.