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Friday, 01 November 2013 (3044817)
Park event keeps kids out of mischief
by Tom Martin

NEARLY one thousand children braved rainy weather and turned up for a night of floodlit activities at Crosby's Coronation Park.

The event was held on Wednesday October, 30 and organised by Sefton Council in an attempt to reduce anti-social behaviour on “Mischief Night”.

Youngsters took part in kayaking, water zorbing, a football tournament and tennis coaching from Andy Murray's former coach Ben Saunders.

And volunteers feared that the blistering weather conditions would put people off – but it didn't seem to faze the excited children despite the heavy rain.

Christine Moore, from Sefton Council, said: “The entire night was a complete success and it definitely served its purpose.

”Those who took part in the activities enjoyed themselves.

“There was a group of youths who tried to ruin it but at least they were inside the park rather than causing trouble on the streets.

”Places like South Road were quite so that just goes to show you how we managed to divert trouble makers.

“The volunteers were fabulous because the weather was awful and they really hung in there.

”The heavens really opened and at one point it was so thick it actually looked like milk!

“A massive thank you must also go out to Dominos and Subway who provided food.

”If certain youths are with us and eating pizza then it means they are not causing problems elsewhere and that was the aim“.

The Crosby Lions ‘Raja the Elephant' was in attendance and children got the chance to carve their own pumpkins.

North West Orienteering also provided orienteering sessions around the park with prizes on offer.

A Cabinet Member for Children, Schools, Families and Leisure, Cllr Ian Moncur, said: ”Thanks must go to all our partner agencies who have worked so hard to help us bring this great event together.“

This year, alongside the floodlit event in the park, there was a cinema night in the Parenting 2000 Crosby Centre building with popcorn and ice-cream supplied by Tesco.

Funding for the event was secured through Sefton Council and Merseyside Police and the entire event free of charge.

It was in conjunction with Parenting 2000, Merseyside Police, Merseyside Fire and Rescue, North West Orienteering, Wow Balls, The Crosby Lions, Campion Tennis Club, Canoe England and both the Friends of Coronation and Alexandra Parks.


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