But when they returned a week later, it had been vandalised with graffiti.
Student volunteering coordinator, Stacey Brown, said: “To have it vandalised with graffiti already is upsetting. “It makes me think, why didn’t we just paint it all black?”
She said the students had begun extending their community work to the university’s Clifton and Brackenhurst’s campuses because they wanted to do something to benefit local people.
“We understand that students impact on the local community, so we want to give some-thing back. Now we are wondering if we should bother.” The graffiti at the park includes offensive words and will need repainting to make it suitable for young children again.
But, Julie Pollock, who has been campaigning for better parks in Clifton since 2006, said the area’s parks need more than paint to improve them.
In May the Post reported how £180,000 was going to be spent on upgrading local parks.
Mrs Pollock, 41, of Summerwood Lane, said: “What they [the students] are doing is a really, really good job, but the parks need ripping up and re-doing fully. We have been promised them for years and they keep rubbishing us off.”
Mrs Pollock added that the parks did not offer enough for youngsters to play with and that newly decorated parks were just easy targets for vandals. She said: “We need parks like West Bridgford. The parks there are excellent.”
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