Reopening of playpark annouced following extensive refurbishment

By Barrie Hudson - 26 February 2021

Community

Haydon Wick Parish Council will be reopening the King George V play area this weekend.

The work has included resurfacing and the installation of some additional accessibility-friendly play equipment and footpaths.

The parish council said in a statement: "Our fingers are crossed anyway, as the construction began in the winter months (following a weekend of snow), at the peak of the third national lockdown and under the direction of our newly appointed Head of Parks & Open Spaces – so a bit of a challenge!

"The council budgeted for the resurfacing of the wet pour at King George V Play Area when setting the 2020/2021 budget. After a scrutinising tender process carried out by the Play Area Working Party and reviewed by the Amenities & Leisure Committee, the design was finally approved at Full Council."

The working party has been working closely with the Benjamin's Smile charity - which is a keen ambassador for accessible play working with local parish councils - and North Swindon MP Justin Tomlinson to make play areas inclusive for all children.

A basket swing is among the innovations decided on following these talks.

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