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Rejuvenated play area relaunches in Grays

27 May 2021

New play equipment to boost Grays Beach Riverside Park has been unveiled at a special launch event today (Thursday 27 May).

Representatives from Thurrock Council, including Leader of the Council Cllr Rob Gledhill, members of the Grays Towns Fund Board including Vice-Chair Jackie Doyle-Price MP, and the Lightship Café community group attended the relaunch event under COVID-19 secure guidelines.

Works to rejuvenate Grays Beach Riverside Park got under way earlier this year, thanks to an accelerated cash injection of £750,000 provided by the Grays Towns Fund Board under the government’s £3.6billion Towns Fund scheme.

This contribution, which was divided between multiple projects, is part of the ongoing multi-million pound regeneration of Grays following investment from the government and Thurrock Council to help transform the area.

Cllr Mark Coxshall, Cabinet member for regeneration, said: "I am delighted that I could attend this event and see first-hand how the initial phase of works to rejuvenate the park has played a part in the wider regeneration that will transform Grays. The funding from Grays Towns Fund Board, as part of the government's Towns Fund, alongside council investment has enabled the delivery of a worthwhile project which will be enjoyed by our community for years to come."

Cllr Andrew Jefferies, Cabinet member for environment, said: "It's wonderful that Grays Beach Riverside Park has received this funding boost and that families across Thurrock can benefit from the new play equipment, including a new ship and castle, Parkour outdoor sports, health and fitness area, and improved accessibility. The Splashpad, funded by the council, is due to open during the summer.

"Thank you to the Grays Towns Fund Board and local volunteers for their work."

Chair of Grays Towns Fund Board and Director of Development at NewRiver REIT, Justin Thomas, said: "We will continue to look for opportunities to further progress the regeneration of Grays and ensure that the town meets the needs of its community."

To find out more about the proposals to transform Grays and to provide feedback on future plans visit the Grays Towns Fund Board website.