New playground opens in Horsford

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes. - Credit: Paula Sparkes

Children of all ages are flocking to a new playground opened as part of a bid by residents to make their area a better place to live.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes. - Credit: Paula Sparkes

Parish councillors in Horsford agreed to fund the new site on the recreational ground, by Horsford Village Hall, after residents asked for more things for young people to do in their area.

Their hope is that the playground with new towers, ropes and swings will become a hub of the community.

But the improvements don't end there, as further upgrades are due later in the year.

Adrian Scott, chairman of Horsford Neighbourhood Plan - who helped to open the new area - said: 'As part of the Horsford Neighbourhood Plan, we are trying to make Horsford a better place to live and work over the next 20 years.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes. - Credit: Paula Sparkes

'With this in mind we wanted to provide something for children of all ages living in Horsford.

'It has taken many months of investigation into different types of play equipment and organisation.

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'The emphasis has been to make the recreation ground a hub for the villagers in our small community, making it inclusive for children with additional needs.'

The new equipment was opened on Monday, June 20 by Peter Hunnam of Horsford Parish Council and Chris Brown, chairman of the village hall management committee, along with Mr Scott.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes. - Credit: Paula Sparkes

Sensory play boards have been installed at child height to promote sound and sensory play, with mazes and cogs, pinball and racing games.

The aim is to get children playing together and making new friends.

Extra seating and picnic tables have also been installed.

Mr Hunnam said: 'The kids seem to have really enjoyed it. They were like an explosion - as soon as we cut the ribbon they went bursting through. There were loads of kids there.'

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes.

Children enjoying the playground. Photo: Paula Sparkes. - Credit: Paula Sparkes

Fitness equipment and an aerial runway are planned to be unveiled later in the year, with a roundabout suitable for wheelchair users and those with visual impairment.

What do you think of the facilities for young people where you live? Write, giving your full contact details, to newsdesk@archant.co.uk

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