New-look playground opens
Wakefield Council has installed a new playground for local children off Painthorpe Lane in Crigglestone.
The Council teamed up with Riverside Housing Association to secure funding from WREN, a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community projects. The project has replaced older play equipment for toddlers with new equipment suitable for both younger children and junior school aged children.
Cllr Richard Forster, Wakefield Council's Deputy Cabinet Member for Environment and Communities, officially reopened the revamped play area.
He was joined Cllr Kevin Barker, school children from the local community and representatives from Riverside Housing and WREN for a ribbon-cutting ceremony.
He said: "It's great to have these new facilities which will be a strong asset to the community as it gives local children somewhere they can go to be safe and active outdoors."
The Council worked with children from Mackie Hill Junior and Infant School to design artwork for the new play area sign, which was also unveiled at the opening.
Residents requested the new play area as part of a residents' survey organised by the Council.
The new look play area is themed on Wakefield City and includes elements based on the Clock Tower, Chantry Bridge, and River Calder.
It includes imaginary play items, such as a boat, trim trail and dish roundabout, swings, seats and a large basket swing.