250k play area improvements on way

Published Wednesday 19 September 2018

Play areas across the district are to be improved and updated with new and exciting equipment being installed to encourage a range of activities.

Artists’ impressions have been released of what the new designs could look like as part of Harborough District Council plans to revitalise play areas for young people.

State of the art new equipment is set to be introduced which promotes sensory play, educational play, fitness play and ‘non-prescriptive play’ which allows children to communicate at their own pace in an unstructured way. It will also include inclusive play equipment which is suited to disabled children.

The play areas which are most in need of refurbishment will be improved first – this includes play areas in Fleckney, Great Glen and Market Harborough.

The six play areas initially earmarked for improvement are:

  • Sherrard Road, Market Harborough – work starting September 2018
  • Roman Way, Market Harborough  – work starting September 2018
  • Cromwell Road, Great Glen – work starting October2018
  • Edward Road, Fleckney – work starting October 2018
  • Burford Green, Market Harborough – work starting October 2018
  • Goodwood Close, Market Harborough – work starting November 2018

Plays areas will be closed, for up to three weeks, for the duration of the work at each location. The Council will endeavour to keep disruption to a minimum during the work.

Play areas in Lutterworth, Thurnby and Broughton Astley will be improved as part of the next phase of the programme.

Cllr Jonathan Bateman, portfolio holder for Environment and Regulatory Services which includes, said: “These improvements will transform play areas and provide much-needed improvements. We’ve thought hard about what type of play equipment to introduce to make this as exciting and varied as possible to suit children with a variety of needs.”

In recent years, the Council has carried out improvements to the Devitt Way play area in Broughton Astley, Cottage Lane play area in Broughton Astley, Mitchell Grove play area in Scraptoft, Little Bowden Recreation Ground in Market Harborough, and Welland Park play area in Market Harborough.

Artist's impressions of how the play areas might look

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