Youngsters in Stanford-le-Hope will soon have some new play equipment to enjoy.
They were upset when Thurrock Council had to remove aging equipment at the Ruskin Road park, but a great deal of behind-the-scenes work means that the first stage should be in place by the summer.
Local people themselves raised around £1,500 towards the scheme — which they want spent on seating and new bins — the Veolia Mardyke Trust has put in £15,000 and the council itself a further £10,000.
Both local councillors — Terry Hipsey and Shane Hebb — have welcomed the news.
Cllr Hipsey said: “It is great news that our children will once again enjoy using play equipment at Ruskin park.
“It was regrettable to have removed the old play equipment at such short notice, but having seen how badly corroded the old metal framework was, prompt action was taken to prevent a child potentially injuring themselves.
“I would personally like thank Veolia, the portfolio holder Cllr Val Morris-Cook and officers for allocating the funds for the play equipment.”
And Cllr Hebb added: “The news that Ruskin park is soon to be afforded new play equipment is very welcome news indeed.
“Before rejoicing too much, let’s remember that this achievement was made possible by kind contributions from Veolia; local businesses and St Clere’s School.
“Officers and councillors alike have worked hard to co-ordinate the exercise of securing funds, and I am glad that work has now played off. For everyone who has missed their park – the summer months are nearly here. Enjoy!”