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Playtime for Forest Town youngsters

Posted onPosted on 28th Mar

A new £86,000 play area has opened at Queensway Park in Forest Town.

The equipment includes a challenging Ninja Trail for older children together with other equipment suitable for younger children and users with disabilities.

It was funded by payments developers pledge to make for improvements to an area as part of planning applications for new housing.

Coun Andy Burgin, portfolio holder for Environment and Leisure, said: “The installation was completed in super quick time, which meant it was open in time for the Easter school holidays. The amount of equipment we have been able to install for the funds available is fantastic.

“There have been calls for some time for play facilities to be improved in this part of the Mansfield district, so we know these facilities will be much appreciated by families in this area.

“We strongly recommend local communities form friends’ groups for their local park or open space because this can open valuable funding avenues that are not open to the council itself.”

Improvements are also planned this year at other play areas in the district, including Ladybrook Park, Mansfield, and Manor Park, Mansfield Woodhouse, from Mansfield CVS funding secured via friends groups at both locations.

ABOVE: Coun Andy Burgin (left) and Mansfield District Council parks development officer Andy Chambers with youngsters using the park.