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Birtley Grove play equipment gets a refresh

Play equipment at The Grove

Work to replace old play equipment at Grove Park in Birtley is nearing completion.

The old metal play equipment - which no longer met present day standards - has been removed and contractors have installed a range of wooden equipment in its place.

The replacement work had originally been scheduled to begin after the end of the school summer holidays. However, the existing play equipment was found to be so old that the replacement programme was brought forward.

Grove Birtley_01
Above: most of the equipment is now installed
The work has seen previously separate play areas for juniors and toddlers brought together onto a single site. This will help to limit any potential disturbance to neighbouring residents and will also improve children's safeguarding by improving visibility.

Play surfaces have also been refreshed as part of the replacement work.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, says:

"Replacing and refreshing fixed play equipment is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge - as soon as you reach one end, the other end is calling out for attention!

"Recent cuts in government funding have made the job of maintaining and renewing our play parks much, much harder and it's a fact that we can now do a lot less than we'd want. But we remain committed to providing children with somewhere safe and engaging to play and we'll do whatever we can to do so.

"I'm pleased we've been able to update this popular play park and I'm sure the new equipment will prove popular with children and parents alike."

Play equipment at The Grove
03 October 2019

Work to replace old play equipment at Grove Park in Birtley is nearing completion.

The old metal play equipment - which no longer met present day standards - has been removed and contractors have installed a range of wooden equipment in its place.

The replacement work had originally been scheduled to begin after the end of the school summer holidays. However, the existing play equipment was found to be so old that the replacement programme was brought forward.

Grove Birtley_01
Above: most of the equipment is now installed
The work has seen previously separate play areas for juniors and toddlers brought together onto a single site. This will help to limit any potential disturbance to neighbouring residents and will also improve children's safeguarding by improving visibility.

Play surfaces have also been refreshed as part of the replacement work.

Councillor Angela Douglas, Cabinet member for Culture, Sport and Leisure, says:

"Replacing and refreshing fixed play equipment is a bit like painting the Forth Bridge - as soon as you reach one end, the other end is calling out for attention!

"Recent cuts in government funding have made the job of maintaining and renewing our play parks much, much harder and it's a fact that we can now do a lot less than we'd want. But we remain committed to providing children with somewhere safe and engaging to play and we'll do whatever we can to do so.

"I'm pleased we've been able to update this popular play park and I'm sure the new equipment will prove popular with children and parents alike."

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