VIDEO: Fun at Whitehall Rec on National Play Day

Hundreds of children descended on Whitehall Recreation Ground to join in the fun on National Play Day.

The event was organised by Rugby Borough Council’s play rangers, and included a host of fun and games to keep youngsters entertained.

MHRA-07-08-13 Play Aug08' Family fun day at Whitehall Recreation Ground  park.'DJ workshop, multi-sports, Panana football, arts and crafts, climbing wall, sumo suits, Zumba and fitness .'Candid images of the event .

MHRA-07-08-13 Play Aug08' Family fun day at Whitehall Recreation Ground park.'DJ workshop, multi-sports, Panana football, arts and crafts, climbing wall, sumo suits, Zumba and fitness .'Candid images of the event .

Activities on offer on Wednesday included a climbing wall, sumo suit wrestling, a DJ workshop, cricket, and Panna football - a form of street football pioneered in Holland.

Youngsters also had the chance to indulge in arts and crafts, creating bunting for Whitehall Recreation Ground’s bandstand and making sculptures out of willow.

Visitors to the event were also invited to look at the plans for Whitehall Recreation Ground’s £1.5 million redevelopment. The ambitious revamp of the historic park includes plans for a skate park, a new promenade and tree avenue, and a ‘green’ gym.

The council intends to submit a bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund by the end of the month to help fund the project.

National Play Day aims to highlight the importance of play in a child’s development, and the need for places for children to play.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, said Whitehall Recreation Ground was the perfect venue for Rugby’s National Play Day event.

“Whitehall Rec is the town’s premier recreation ground and our redevelopment plans aim to restore it to pristine condition,” Cllr Williams said.

“Our National Play Day event not only highlighted the popularity of Whitehall Rec, but also the important role it plays in the community.”

For more information on the Whitehall Recreation Ground redevelopment plans, visit http://www.rugby.gov.uk/whitehallrec