Play area gets £50,000 revamp for toddlers

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A PLAY area in Hucknall has been given a £50,000 makeover to cater for active toddlers in the town.

The Albert Street site (pictured), next to Hucknall Leisure Centre, has been overhauled by owner Ashfield District Council.

It has now been relaunched and is open for use for families and youngsters.

Changes include a new climbing-frame, roundabout, net climber and cradle swings.

Junior swings are set to be re-installed on the park in the coming weeks.

Money for the scheme has come from section 106 cash paid by companies as part of agreements linked to new housing or retail developments in the area. Funds are specifically ring-fenced to boost open spaces.

The project is the latest development at the Albert Street recreation area and is part of a far-reaching scheme by the council to improve play areas to help keep younger generations fit and healthy.

The design for the overhaul came about as part of a consultation. It includes more spaces for parents and carers to sit and has an accessible path, as well as the improved equipment.

Already more than £100,000 has been spent at the Albert Street recreation area on the adiZone outdoor fitness site, which features gym equipment. It has the branding of sportswear giant adidas.

A second phase of improvements at the children’s play area aimed at infants and juniors is planned in the future. A fresh consultation will be held to make sure the changes are those wanted by local residents.

Anyone with suggestions for the scheme is asked to e-mail them to parks@ashfield-dc.gov.uk.