HUNDREDS of playful children, parents, volunteers and families flocked to Gainsborough Adventure Playground to celebrate National Play Day.
GAPA mark the nationwide event every year, but as the threat of closure due to lack of funding looms over them, they remain optimistic and said that this year’s Play Day was the best and biggest ever.
“It’s really important to us at GAPA that people realise the importance and benefits of play to children, adults, people of all ages and families,” said GAPA play development worker Carrie-Ann Cunningham. “It’s about celebrating play.”
“It was a fantastic day and we opened the gates to hordes of people. About 361 people we’re there so it was busier than ever and it was our best Play Day yet.”
Children, volunteers and families enjoyed a range of activities, including a bouncy castle, graffiti wall, jewellery making, face-painting, lots of sports, cooking on a campfire and much more.
“Lots of other organisations such as YASIG came along to help too,” said Carrie-Ann. “What made the day really special was all of the help from volunteers.”
She continued: “Lots of members of the community and parents past and present came along came on the day to make and sell refreshments, run different activities and clean up afterwards.”
“It was a really good example of the Big Society so we’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who came along and helped out.”
Carrie-Ann said that although faced with the threat of closure, everyone at GAPA was hopeful about the future.
“Things are still ongoing but we’re always very optimistic here at GAPA - but we’d just like to thank so many people for their fundraising and support. You’ve been fantastic.”