Picnics are back on the menu at St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association's Lackford Lakes community picnic area
A community picnic area at Lackford Lakes is now safe, secure and accessible thanks to hard work by volunteers and support from councillors.
The St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association (SESCA) picnic area now has a fence to deter geese and other birds from fouling and provide a safe space for children to play.
Meanwhile, a new picnic table with an extended top provides better access for wheelchair users and new parasols provide more shade.
Cllr Susan Glossop, West Suffolk councillor, backed the project with £967 from her locality budget and Suffolk County councillor Beccy Hopfensperger supported the project with £814 from her locality budget.
Cllr Glossop said: “It is so important to our health and wellbeing that we are able to return to healthy sport and activity in its many forms, including the opportunities offered by the St Edmundsbury Sailing and Canoeing Association.
“This is a well-established community facility and the excellent work, undertaken by volunteers, not only increases their sense of ownership but will also help the association attract new members after what has been a long and tough time for us all.”
Cllr Hopfensperger said: “The association does a brilliant job working to make water sports accessible and inclusive to all ages and abilities in our local communities. The improvements to the picnic area can only strengthen its appeal. I’m pleased to have been able to support this work.”
Norman Savigar, association commodore, said: “We are delighted to have the support from Cllr Glossop and Cllr Hopfensperger. This work will improve hygiene in this eating and child play area – making it more appealing to existing and new members – and further our work encouraging people to take up and enjoy water sports at Lackford.”