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Youngsters help launch new play area

Published on Friday, May 27, 2016

A NEW playground in Highfields, which features a range of equipment chosen by local schoolchildren, is set to be officially opened.

The new play area, on a pocket park on Onslow Street, has been designed with younger visitors in mind and features a seesaw, slide, balance trail, swings and a roundabout all installed on a colourful new safety surface.

Children from nearby Medway Primary School were involved in choosing play equipment for the new playground, and will be involved in the launch.

The school was also involved in collecting items, memories from local residents and a poem for a time capsule that was buried on the site during the construction works. The time capsule is buried under one of three name stones saved from houses that stood on the site until their demolition in the 1970s.

A new community garden has also been created, with raised planters and improved seating and walkways. New railings and gates have also been installed.

The £89,000 project was carried out by Leicester City Council as part of its ‘investment in play’, and was part-funded with £40,000 of Section 106 developer contribution. Ward councillors also agreed funding from the local ward budget to contribute to the cost of the new play equipment.

Cllr Piara Singh Clair, Assistant City Mayor for culture, leisure and sport, said: “This previously under-used piece of land has been transformed into a bright, colourful and attractive new play area. I am sure it will be a popular addition to the area.”

Ward councillor Lucy Chaplin said: “This play space was in desperate need of renovation. Residents and councillors are really pleased with the work that's been done.

"Local children deserve this local play area and residents are already setting up a group to help care for and develop Onslow Park for everyone."

Cllr Aminur Thalukdar added: "Developing Onslow Park and creating something attractive for children was a local priority. The renovation has helped to make this park a beautiful place that families can enjoy together.”