A £220,000 REVAMP of four Worcester play areas has been completed as city youngsters get set for the school summer holidays.
Pupils from the Oasis Academy in Warndon with 100 per cent attendance records at school were treated to a short break to try out the new play equipment at the Warndon Community Centre in Shap Drive.
Climbing frames, slides, rockers and colourful floor graphics have been put in place alongside new gym equipment for adults in the adjacent playing field including sit-up benches, cycle machines and push-up bars which replace and update old gym equipment.
“Play is the one of the best ways for children to develop. It boosts their confidence, self-esteem and skills, so investing in play areas like these really pays dividends for the future,” said Coun Joy Squires, chair of the Environment Committee.
Work has already been completed at Warndon Community Centre and at Pirie Avenue and 25 per cent of the costs are being covered by Section 106 funding, money which developers pay to councils to create new community facilities.
The fourth play area, next to the Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Bilford Road, will receive a complete makeover over the summer.
Existing equipment which has reached the end of its natural life will be replaced by the end of August with a Spitfire themed play area reflecting Perdiswell Park’s former usage as a temporary aerodrome during the Second World War.