Vandal-hit park to get a new image

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WORK to transform a Sheffield park at a cost of £200,000 has started – three years after plans were first put together.

The scheme involves replacing 40-year-old play equipment at Chapeltown Park, some of which had already been removed after it was found to be dangerous.

New amusements, surrounded by hedging and dry-stone walling, are being be installed, along with a sensory garden, willow tunnel and a metal fence designed by pupils from Ecclesfield School and artist Robin Dobson.

Funding has come from Friends of Chapeltown Park, which raised £100,000 and Sheffield Council, which is providing the rest.

Gloria King, of the Friends of Chapeltown Park, said: “The play area was a disgrace. Some of the swings have been taken down because they were dangerous – a new playground is very much needed.”

Work on the scheme was delayed as the council’s portion of the funding was held up due to the Government’s spending review.

The project is set to be completed in May.

Chapeltown residents said that in the past the park has been blighted by problems of vandalism and anti-social behaviour.