By far our greatest achievement was securing enough funding in 2010/11 to develop Kirkbarrow’s largest recreational area. £163,000 was raised, thanks to grants from Cumbria’s Criminal Justice Board, United Utilities, Big Lottery, The Frieda Scott Trust, The Hadfield Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbria County Council, South Lakeland Playbuilder, Kendal Town Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust, South Lakes Strategic Partnership and local fundraising.
The Adventure was officially opened on 19th March 2011, after 25 pieces of play equipment, 2 picnic tables, 3 benches, 17 trees, 100 bushes, 3 wildflower areas, access paths, perimeter fencing and 3 gates, signs and litter bins had been installed.
This has transformed what was a large, unattractive, undulating, grassed area into a community park to be enjoyed by present & future generations for many years to come.
Sadly, due to an insurance claim for personal injury, we had no alternative than to forfeit our Lease and hand The Adventure playground over to SLDC. Nonetheless, we continue to work with the authority in ensuring that The Adventure continues for the enjoyment of residents.