Community champions from Sheffield were praised by the Queen when they were chosen to meet the royal at her garden party.
The five volunteers, who have helped transform Charnock Recreation Ground in Charnock, Gleadless, were selected from thousands of people to be presented to the Queen at Buckingham Palace.
One, Ken Wain, described the outing as a ‘wonderful day’.
He said: “There were about 5,000 people from all over the country at the party and when we arrived at the Royal household we were told we were to be presented to the Queen.
“There were about five or six groups which did that.
“Her Majesty shook hands with all of us and spoke to each of us.
“She asked us questions about what we did and how we managed to raise the money for the park and what difference it had made to the community.
“She said it was nice to hear about a place where families could spend time together safely.
“She said what we achieved was very commendable and wished us luck in all our future endeavours.
“We couldn’t believe that we’d been chosen to see her out of all those thousands of people.”
The volunteers also included Ken’s son Darren and daughter Tracey Wilson.
Christine Herbert and her husband Glenn were able to visit the palace garden party after a secret nomination was made.
All have dedicated their time as part of the Friends of Charnock Recreation Ground, off Carter Hall Lane.
They raised thousands of pounds to revamp the park with a zipwire and athletics track plus wheelchair-accessible play equipment.
Campaigners said it had been turned from a ‘bombsite’ into somewhere for families to enjoy and pupils from a nearby school to go after lessons finished.