Kids enjoy improved park playground

A PROJECT to revamp a popular Sheffield city centre park has been completed with £160,000 spent on upgraded play facilities.

Wednesday, 26th September 2007, 12:14 pm
Updated Friday, 28th September 2007, 8:20 am

Children in the West Street area have been enjoying the improvements at the Gell Street facility, which also has better safety and environmental features too.

The city council worked closely with pupils from nearby Springfield Primary School, who helped choose the new equipment, which caters for youngsters of all age ranges and abilities - and those who are disabled.

It's expected that the park will not only be used by local youngsters but also visitors, as it will solve a current lack of provision for families with small children in the city centre..

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The neighbouring kick-about pitch has also had floodlighting installed.

Coun Tim Rippon, Sheffield Council cabinet member for economic regeneration, culture and planning, said the improvements were designed to benefit children, parents and carers.

He said: "Council officers have been working closely with the community and in particular, the local children so that the park is everything they wished for.

"The facilities are excellent and the space is much safer now," he added.

Some trees that had to be removed from the site to make the area safer have been recycled to create a wooden welcome gate at the park's entrance and sculptures within the park.

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