YOUNGSTERS will have brand new play equipment to try out over the summer holidays in many of Worcester’s parks and open spaces following a £100,000 cash injection from the city council.
Work to install a new play area in Dines Green and to refurbish equipment in a number of other play areas across the city is underway.
The Green Centre in Dines Green will receive the largest investment, with £50,000 paying for the installation of a wide range of toddler and junior equipment.
The area will boast new slides, swings, rocking and rotating equipment and will be closed off from Tuesday (June 24) to July 11 while the new equipment is being installed and tested for safety.
A further £58,337 is being invested in five further play areas across the city to help children enjoy the great outdoors.
Work began on a new group swing, rotating swing and space climbing net at Ronkswood Community Centre on Monday (June 16) while a new climbing unit and rocker, see saw and group ‘nest’ swing will replace all the existing old toddler equipment at Oaklands Play Area.
A new climbing frame is being installed, and repairs will be made to the rest of the existing play equipment at the Horizon Community Centre while a new group swing will be fitted at Howard Road play area in St John’s.
Major refurbishment will be taking place in the toddler play area at Cripplegate Park from next Wednesday (June 25) which will see the damaged trampoline replaced and the play house repaired.
Coun Andy Roberts, cabinet member for a Cleaner and Greener city, said: “When I think back to the play equipment of years ago, which was either boring or dangerous, I realise why my granddaughter and her friends have so much fun in Worcester’s parks today.”