Ennerdale Community Recreation Area Group (ECRAG) – ‘Ennerdale Village Park Development’

The community of Ennerdale Bridge was allocated funding in October 2015 to install a Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) and additional play equipment to upgrade the play area in Village Park. The work was fully completed by the Summer of 2016.

ECRAG raised £65,265 in total.  £40,000 from WREN, £14,000 from United Utilities, £2,000 from Hadfield Trust, £4,400 from Friends of Ennerdale School and village donations and the final funding of £4,865 which met their funding target to further develop and upgrade a fantastic community facility.

Chris Ayling, Project Lead said, “This project will see a strengthened provision for all age groups in our rural community, and not least the local children who have very limited facilities in their school play area.  It will create opportunities for everyone to play, socialise and interact across the generations, and by so doing have a beneficial effect on the health of all.

Chris added, “As the name suggests a MUGA (multi use games area) will provide opportunities for a wide range of sporting activities such as tennis, netball, football, kwick-cricket, hockey skills, and for the young a safe area to practice beginners cycling skills.  The space is already being well used and our official open event is planned for this summer to celebrate the project completion”.


  • £60,400.00 Match Funding
  • 1 Hectare of Open Space improved
  • 200 Local People who access a Community/Sport/Cultural Facility


  1. By providing alternative facilities to support those that are ageing and being decommissioned, efficient land use pattern will maximise the potential of Village Park for healthy exercise, thus improving the health of the village and local schoolchildren.
  2. A local amenity will mean less driving and therefore fewer carbon emissions.
  3. The project scope contemplates an improved water drainage system.
  4. All excavated material will be redistributed on site.
  5. There is an assurance that the contractors have good environmental credentials.
  6. The tarmac area will not require mowing and thus ease maintenance.

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