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Sculpture unveiled in Middlesbrough park to mark improvements
A FITTING sculpture has been unveiled at a Middlesbrough park to mark the completion of a long-running campaign of improvements.
Local groups including the Friends of Thorntree Park and Cargo Fleet Junior Club welcomed the work which depicts a tree with a football at its base.
The £2,000 sculpture by artist Jim Roberts has been designed on the themes of the natural environment and football and matches the park’s gates which were completed previously.
The park’s football pitch and pavilion has also recently been taken over by Cargo Fleet Football Club as part of a community asset transfer.
Thorntree ward Councillors Peter and Geraldine Purvis helped secure funding.
Coun Peter Purvis said: “We are really happy with the improvements and winning the Green Flag Award earlier this year was the icing on the cake.
“I know that many local people use the park as is a valuable local facility.”
Councillor Nicky Walker, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Environment said: “The Friends of Thorntree Park is a good example of local people working with their local councillors, council officers and other agencies in order to bring about improvements for the local community.
“The recent community asset transfer that enabled Cargo Fleet Junior Club to take over the football pitch and pavilion also contributes to the park’s overall success.
“It is great to see this new artwork being unveiled which signals a new start for the improved Thorntree Park.”
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