Rudston’s new community play park was officially opened on Sunday 28th August, by representatives from Centrica Storage Limited. The new facility was paid for from funds granted to the community as part of a £150,000 fund associated with the Caythorpe Gas Storage project – split between the parishes of Rudston, Burton Agnes and Boynton.
The official opening took place during the village’s annual August Bank Holiday barbeque at Rudston Village Hall which is located next to the new play park. The play park, which took two months to complete and cost £55,597.03 consists of the very latest play equipment for children, along with soft surfaces to ensure safety.
Justin Kenyon, from Centrica Storage, said: “I am delighted to be able to be here today to officially open Rudston’s new play park. This facility will no doubt be incredibly beneficial to the members of this community, giving children a safe place to play. Centrica Storage understands the importance of play in a child’s physical and social development, it is an integral part of growing up and we hope everyone enjoys using the facility.”
Jim Tonge, from Centrica Storage, said: “Centrica Storage is committed to supporting the communities in which it works. It is for this reason that the company backs worthwhile projects such as the Rudston play park. We aim to be an active and positive part of the local community.”
Simon Rhodes, from Rudston Parish Council, said: “The play park is a fantastic asset to the village and I pass on sincerest thanks from residents to Centrica Storage for donating the funds needed to build the facility. The park is already being well used by the community and is particularly beneficial to residents on days such as today when the whole community comes together.”
Centrica Storage Limited acquired the Caythorpe Gas Storage site near Bridlington in 2008 with plans to convert the site into an onshore gas storage facility. Currently 40 per cent of UK gas is imported, but the Caythorpe site will give customers in the UK a secure supply as the facility has the possible capacity of 7.5 billion cubic feet of gas.