Sheffield adventure playground celebrates staying open for summer

Jonathan Roberts of Sharrow Community Forum and Evelyn Abram, headteacher of Sharrow School, with youngsters at Highfield.
Jonathan Roberts of Sharrow Community Forum and Evelyn Abram, headteacher of Sharrow School, with youngsters at Highfield.
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Supporters of a Sheffield adventure playground have been celebrating staying open for the summer.

Sheffield Council budget cuts meant the loss of staff from Activity Sheffield to run the playground in Crowther Place, off Abbeydale Road.

The council decided to deploy workers in a mobile service instead, something that also affected Pitsmoor Adventure Playground and Verdon Street recreation ground in Burngreave.

However, the news that they have been given £10,000 from the National Lottery’s Awards for All Fund means that Highfield Adventures can stay open this summer.

The money will pay for a free Summer Adventures scheme for youngsters to enjoy outdoor activities like bug hunting, fire making and den building.

Kate West, chair of Friends of Highfield Adventures, said that her group has got together with Sharrow Community Forum and Sharrow Primary School to plan to take on the playground to keep it open.

They intend to find funding for a worker who will raise more money to keep the playground going.

Kate said: “It’s fantastic. It was great to see for Sharrow Festival there were more than 500 people in there. It was absolutely packed.

“More and more people are getting to know that the place is staying open, especially the kids.”

She added: “It has been a long process and it’s not over yet. We need funding now for September onwards.”

The Summer Adventures are aimed at children aged six to 12 years and will run from Tuesday to Saturday during the holidays from 2pm to 6pm. Highfield Adventures will be open from noon on those days.

Youngsters can just drop in to join the fun but under-eights must be brought along and supervised by an adult.

n Evelyn Abram, headteacher of Sharrow School, and Jonathan Roberts of the community forum visited Highfield Adventures to present prizes to two boys, Zubair and Marrick, who won an obstacle course at a recent Community Games Event at the playground.

n See Family Matters for more on Highfield Adventures.