Worcester City Council is revamping four play areas this spring, in a bid to improve opportunities for children to enjoy outdoor play – and there’s some new equipment for adults too!
Over £220,000 will be spent on installing new play equipment and resurfacing areas at four of the city’s most popular playgrounds. Approximately 25 per cent of the costs will be covered by Section 106 funding – money which developers pay to councils to create new community facilities.
Work begins this week on a new toddler and free play area for Warndon Community Centre in Shap Drive, Worcester (WR4 9NX). The equipment includes climbing frames, slides, rockers and colourful floor graphics. There will also be new gym equipment for adults in the adjacent playing field including sit up benches, cycle machines and push-up bars, replacing and updating old gym equipment.
Large climbing frame equipment will be installed at Caister Avenue (WR4 0QP), including net bridges and a fireman’s pole. The play area will be resurfaced too.
New toddler and junior play equipment is also being installed at Pirie Avenue (WR4 0NE) including a castle climbing tower and slide, rockers and toddler swings.
The three play areas are due to re-open at the end of May, following an independent safety inspection.
Lastly the Bilford Road play area (WR3 8DX), which is next to the Perdiswell Leisure Centre, will receive a complete makeover. Existing equipment, which has reached the end of its natural life, will be replaced with a Spitfire themed play area, reflecting Perdiswell Park’s former usage as a temporary aerodrome during World War II.
The centre piece for the new playground will be an elaborate piece of climbing equipment, designed to look like a Spitfire. The City Council will install several other play equipment items on the site, and is looking for views from residents on the various options.
Visuals of the proposed Perdiswell play equipment will be on display at the Perdiswell Leisure Centre on Friday 11 May from 9.00am to 4.30pm. Staff from the City Council’s Cleaner and Greener team will be on hand to discuss the plans with residents.
It is anticipated that the new play equipment at Perdiswell will be ready for action during the summer.
“It’s essential that children have lots of opportunities to exercise outdoors, and this investment will ensure that more children can enjoy playing in areas with imaginative and fun equipment, which is brand new and of a very high quality,” says Sue Horrobin, Head of Operational Services at Worcester City Council.
“By installing new gym equipment at the Warndon Community Centre, we’re also making sure that adults can have fun while they exercise too.”