Kids’ play areas in Calderdale are in for a cash boost!
Whinney Hill Estate Play Area, near Brighouse, will be the first to be revamped with funding from Calderdale Council, with new additions such as climbing frames for toddlers and juniors, swings, springy rockers and a spinning pole. Work should be completed by the end of October.
Play areas in Todmorden, Hebden Bridge and Walsden will benefit later in the month.
Calderdale Council has pledged £150,000 each year for the next five years to improve play areas, with sites refreshed and old equipment replaced or repaired.
Cllr Susan Press, Calderdale Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods Services, said:
“Young people have told us how important it is to have good quality local play areas, so I’m pleased we’ve been able to invest in this extensive programme of improvements.
“Sites across the borough will be refurbished with exciting new equipment and an improved look.
“Having a variety of good equipment can also encourage young people to be more active, contributing to our Active Calderdale mission to help more people be more active, more often.”
The council manages and maintains 110 play areas and funding will be allocated after assessing each site’s current condition and age.
While some play areas will only need a lick of paint and minor repairs, others will get a complete revamp.