A new £86,000 play area in Netherfield to get children more active will open this week.
The Ley Street Play area in Netherfield will be opened at a special ribbon cutting event on Wednesday 29 March where local school children will be invited to test out the new equipment.
The park, which includes an assorted array of play equipment for 4-9 year olds and a trim trail, is part of the council’s plans to encourage more children to exercise and to get outdoors. It also boasts a toddler multi-unit, springers, spinning round-a-bout, junior climbing unit, swings, slides and more.
The park has been welcomed by the nearby primary schools who worked with the council’s locality co-ordinator and Gedling Homes as part of the consultation process.
The play area and trim trail have been funded jointly by WREN who provided £45,738 and Nottinghamshire County Council who provided £32,736.
Cheryl Raynor, WREN’s grant manager for Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire and Cambridgeshire said:
“It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children in the local area. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved
Kevin Sharman, Team Manager Transport Planning and Programme Development Team of Nottinghamshire County Council said:
“This is a great example of how supporting local communities fund is helping make a real difference in the community.
“This new play area has helped create a new ‘trim trail’ climbing area for local children. Being close by to Netherfield primary school, it’s a wonderful addition to local facilities and will help encourage more exercise in a fun, exciting setting”
Lance Juby, Gedling Borough Council’s Community Relations Manager, said;
“We’re very pleased that the children from the nearby primary schools now have somewhere close to school to play, the new facilities are fantastic. The children were involved in the planning for the play area from the start and it’s really great to see it up and running. This is a great example of councils working together, using their shared skills and knowledge to gain funding and improving the lives of the young people of Netherfield.”