MARSDEN children will have somewhere new to play next year when work starts to re-open the village play park.
The play area at Mount Road was closed and stripped of its unsafe equipment by Kirklees Council three years ago.
Since then, the Marsden Play Area Action Group has been trying to raise cash to rebuild the play park.
The group raised £2,000 from local fundraising events and applied to Kirklees Council for financial help and to get their plans for the park approved.
And they were pleasantly surprised when the council told them two weeks ago that it would set aside cash from next year's budget to build the park.
Kirklees Council has re-negotiated its deal to pay a peppercorn rent for the park site to a local mill owner.
Plans to rebuild the play area are being drawn up by council officers.
Brian Boothroyd, secretary of the action group, announced the good news at a beetle drive and disco in Marsden Band Room on Saturday, held to raise cash for the play area.
He said: "We are celebrating the good news. We had plans of our own but Kirklees said they would completely re-do the park. So our money is extra now. We will wait for Kirklees to provide a plan then we will add something to it, such as equipment, to enhance it.
"The people of Marsden have supported us in a big way and we would like to say thankyou for that."