On Saturday September 5th, the new Ellenbrook play area was officially opened by the Mayor of Hatfield ,Cllr Margaret Eames- Petersen.  A “Thank You”  plaque was unveiled to thank the different organisations who had contributed funds, to make the whole community project possible.  Many residents and volunteers had also contributed hours of help, grant applications and ideas to make this a unique play area in Hatfield.

htc.Thank you board Mayor Council Leader and Grant givers
htc.Thank you board Mayor Council Leader and Grant givers

The Mayor said “It is great to live in Hatfield with people who could make this project happen through piles of goodwill, generosity and co-operation.  We are a community and it is only by working together that this project has grown and blossomed to what you see today.

Huge thanks and appreciation must go to everyone involved in totally transforming the Ellenbrook new play area next to Nast Hyde Halt, on the Alban cycle way.  It is now a facility for all Hatfield people to use and be proud of.  The funding that was required came from a multitude of different sources, including all three tiers of Local Council- and the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government Pocket Park grant.  There were also gifts in kind, all coordinated by Groundwork East and Hatfield Town Council. Without all the funding the refurbishment would not have been possible, so thank you to everyone who contributed.

htc. Town Mayor and Consort
htc. Town Mayor and Consort

A special mention must go to our own Hatfield resident, cyclist and postman – Mike Izzard, now fondly called the Nast Hyde Halt station master. He has dedicated the last five years of his life, into bringing the site of the Old Railway Halt back to life.  It was great to thank him in person and  to welcome his whole family- his wife and Mum there on Saturday.

Now the Play area and the Halt really do complement one another, with a unique climbing frame in the shape of a steam engine, called the “Nast Hyde Express” and a special all-ability trampoline and swing donated by True Colours Trust for special needs children to play on, amongst other usual swings and activities.

All ages can take their exercise there during Covid with adult outdoor gym equipment donated by Fusion students (owners of the new student apartments on the Comet hotel site).”

Leader of Hatfield Town Council, Councillor Lenny Brandon said.

“Huge thanks and appreciation must go to everyone involved in totally transforming Ellenbrook Park.  A facility for all Hatfield People to use and be proud of. The funding that was required came from a multitude of different sources, without that funding the refurbishment would not have been possible, so thank you to everyone who contributed.

Special mention must go to Mike Izzard, he has dedicated the last five years of his life, into bringing the site’s Old Railway Halt back to life, the Park and the Halt really do complement one another.”

htc.Town Mayor and Play train
htc.Town Mayor and Play train

If you haven’t yet cycled along the Alban Way to Nast Hyde Halt and been to see the new play area it is well worth a visit!”