The children submit a heartwarming suggestion for the village’s new playground – complete with its own unicorn

The children have come together and submitted a design for a new park as they say the one they have is not fit for purpose – and has no unicorn.

In the village of Cargo, just outside Carlisle, children have joined forces to plan new playgrounds. This follows a recent inspection of play equipment, which revealed that many of them were in need of repairs.

A group of parents set up a task force to implement plans to design and create a new park after discovering that the parish council was only receiving a small maintenance allowance – and not enough to pay for it the £12,500 for repairs.

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But two kids took it upon themselves to write a letter and create a drawing illustrating what they want the park to look like. In the photo, young Indie and Poppy asked for swings, monkey bars and especially a unicorn.



Children have come together and submitted a design for a new park, which includes a unicorn, to Cargo Cumbria

Kylie Palmer, who has lived in the village for more than 15 years, leads the task force, she said: “There are a few issues with the park, but it’s really popular and well-loved. But the parish council doesn’t have the £12,500 for repairs.

“I found out that there are many different grants we can apply for to get funding and this is our next step. A lot of people in the village are behind us and the kids love it.

“Last year we had to make a new path between the bus stop and the park, because the children love to play there while waiting for the school bus.”



Children have come together and submitted a design for a new park, which includes a unicorn, to Cargo Cumbria
Children have come together and submitted a design for a new park, which includes a unicorn, to Cargo Cumbria

Knowing how much this means to the community, a group of parents came together to discuss what needed to happen and Kylie was shocked at how many people came out to support the idea.

“A lot of parents came, but what touched me the most was that I had the letter posted to my door addressed to the council with the drawing.

“Besides finding out if we can get funding, the biggest job I have right now is finding a unicorn for the park. So if you know of anyone who could help us find one, that would be great. .”

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