A £100,000 sand and water play area for families and young children is set to be created at Wicksteed Park after grant funding was secured to help finance the project.

The new attraction is due to be completed by the boating lake in time for Easter after £50,000 was secured from not-for-profit organisation WREN, which supports community, conservation and heritage projects across the UK.

It is part of the park’s commitment to use admission fees and proceeds from events to invest in the future and improve facilities.

The sand and water play area will feature a host of interactive elements, including a building site-style climbing feature, tables where children can use sand to make ‘mud pies’ and sand castles, fun-to-use water pumps and slides.

The equipment will be manufactured by market-leading German company Richter Spielgeräte GmbH and installed by Sheffield-based Timberplay, which has completed children’s play projects across the UK.

Wicksteed Park Managing Director Alasdair McNee said: “The completion of our lake restoration project has opened up the whole lakeside area and created lots of new opportunities to develop play throughout the park.

“We are a not for profit organisation owned and run by the Wicksteed Charitable Trust, so grant support such as this is invaluable and we are very grateful to WREN for their support.

“We have pledged to use the money we receive from visitors to put back into the running of the park, to improve it and build something special for everyone to enjoy in the future and the new play area is an example of that.”

Norfolk-based WREN is committed to enhancing the community environment, natural conservation and heritage aspects of the UK and create a beneficial and lasting legacy for future generations.

To find out more about WREN and how WREN funding might benefit you and your community go to http://www.wren.org.uk/