Park is dedicated to Queen’s Jubilee

A former landfill site that was transformed into recreation land was officially named as a Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field in a ceremony last month.

Mayor of Amber Valley councilor John Nelson praised the work of Crays Hill Park Community Project at the ceremony on February 12 as the field formally became a QEII Playing Field.

Members of the community project, local residents and children, joined with Swanwick Cricket Club members and officers from the borough council for the ceremony.

In his speech, the Mayor said: “None of this would have been achieved if it wasn’t for the unstinting hard work and dedication of all the above who have worked tirelessly to make this happen. Being recognised as a QEII playing field will ensure this facility is available for generations to come while providing a living legacy of Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee.”

Councillor Martin Tomlinson, cabinet member for green and thriving places said: “The Borough Council is proud to be able to support this national initiative, which guarantees that Cray’s Hill Park will remain available for use by future generations.”

Restoration works began back in 2007. Crays Hill Park now consists of a cricket pitch, informal recreational area, equipped play area and a wildflower meadow. The pavilion has been refurbished and a new tarmac car park has been installed.

Last August a Family Fun Day was held at Crays Hill to celebrate being recognised as a QEII Playing Field, which included tug of war, kwik cricket, crown making competition and performances by a local kick boxing group and Harlequin School of Dance.

The playing fields campaign is a bid to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games, and the 2014 Commonwealth Games by permanently protecting as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible by the end of 2012.