Bramley councillors have welcomed fresh investment into the playground in Bramley Park.
As previously reported by WLD, the play park’s newest addition is a mini ice-cream van that has been custom-made and installed in memory of Mr Rossi, a very special ice cream seller and well-loved figure in the local community who passed away last year.
He was best known for his kindness and generosity, always finding a way to ensure all the children in the area got an ice cream regardless of their circumstances. Now children will be able to remember Mr Rossi in their own way.
This new addition to the play park – which cost around £10,000 – follows other enhancements including a replacement of the emoji disc roundabout and refurbishment of the soft land play surface.
The improvements to Bramley Park play area have been funded by local ward councillors, the Inner West Community Committee well-being fund, and crowdfunded donations.
Councillor Caroline Gruen, Tom Hinchcliffe and Kevin Ritchie (Labour, Bramley and Stanningley) said: “It is a real pleasure to see local people coming together for such a good cause and to celebrate the memory of someone who really cared.
“We would like to extend our thanks and gratitude to Ali Arnison, who came up with the amazing idea in the first place. Mr Rossi’s memory will now live on in the park, whilst children enjoy this new experience. We hope they have fun.”
Local resident, Ali Arnison said: “We had to do something in memory of the best and kindest ice cream man ever. I’m so chuffed to see my vision come to life. It looks fantastic. Now Rossi will go on bringing smiles and happiness for a long time. And I’m sure he would’ve loved it!
“The jingle might have gone, but the memories haven’t.”
WLD also reported on a similar tribute being installed in Pudsey Park.