Steve Brine visited The Green, on St Vigor Way, on Saturday 23rd October as a new play area for Colden Common youngsters was installed.
The new play area was a £62,000 project led by Colden Common Parish Council, and received funding from SITA Trust, Veolia Environmental Trust and the Winchester City Council Open Space Funding. It will complement the village’s skate park and play equipment for toddlers, and will provide a place aimed at five to 11 year olds.
Equipment includes a zip wire, climbing frame, slide, and a trim trail for the more adventurous older children. Some pieces of equipment will be suitable for children with disabilities.
The roundabout will be the only piece of playground equipment in the whole Winchester district that is specifically designed for children in wheelchairs. Safety surfaces will also be laid and fencing installed.
The £62,000 project is being led by Colden Common Parish Council and it is expected that the work will be complete by the end of Autumn 2010. Funds for the work have come from several sources, including the Parish Council, Open Space Fund, the SITA Trust, which awarded £16,000 and The Veolia Environmental Trust, which awarded a grant of £20,000. Both the SITA Trust and The Veolia Environmental Trust grants were awarded through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The play area has been designed to meet current guidelines for providing places where children can play safely, and to help make sure they have interesting and exciting things to do outside of school. The Parish Council also consulted residents, parents and children about what they wanted to see in the play area and the design reflects the result of this work.
Steve said: “I was delighted to come along this morning and join the Mayor and local parents and children. The play area will be a fantastic asset for the local community, and it is great that residents do not have to travel very far to access this excellent facility.”
A local boy, Harry Smythers aged 9, won a competition and designed the logo and came up with a new name for the park, ’Central Park’ reflecting the location of the play area.
Speaking about the start of the work, local mum Mrs Amanda Hughes said: “The lack of play facilities for 5 to 11 year olds in the village means that young people have to travel to other villages to have fun and unwind.
“We campaigned for this playground so that we could create a place where children can have fun, exercise, and meet up and socialise. It’s great that the work has started and we can’t wait to see it complete. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank our colleagues from Otterbourne Parish Council who helped advise us on planning the area and applying for grants.”
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Margaret Cobbold, added: “The Trust works to support community and environmental projects across the UK. It is always good to see the start of a scheme we have helped and I look forward to seeing the completed park being used and enjoyed.”
Pictured; Steve and Emily join youngsters, parents and children at ‘Central Park’
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