Ilkley families urged to join Marathon in a Month to overhaul playground


PTA representatives and children pictured from Ashlands Primary, Ghyll Royd, Moorfield and Westville House

A new parents ‘collective’ has set a target of raising £25k to help overhaul one of Ilkley’s best loved family facilities.

The Ilkley PTA Collective comprising volunteers from 11 local schools, has launched a fundraising ‘Marathon in a Month’ initiative to add to the funds being invested to improve the playground at Ilkley Riverside Park.

The Ilkley Playground Project intends to improve the infrastructure, quality and range of equipment and is expected to receive funding from Bradford Council. However, parents and teachers have spoken out about the value of the play area to local children and believe additional financial resource is needed to improve the area.

Nicola Holmes, Chair of Ashlands Primary School PTA and founder of the Ilkley PTA Collective, said: “The primary aim of our PTA Collective is to bring schools together to collaborate on community projects. The Ilkley Playground is at the heart of family life in the town and as such we all have a mutual desire to support the renovation. Coming together on the ‘Marathon in a Month’ campaign we have set a fundraising target of £25,000 which although ambitious, is certainly achievable”