Improved Worcester play areas ready for school holidays
Three revamped play areas in Worcester are now ready for action – just in time for the school summer holidays.
21 pupils from the Oasis Academy in Warndon, who all have a 100% attendance record at school throughout the year, took a short break to try out the new play equipment at the Warndon Community Centre in Shap Drive, Worcester (WR4 9NX).
“Play is the one of the best ways for children to develop. It boosts their confidence, self-esteem and skills, so investing in play areas like these really pays dividends for the future,” said Cllr Joy Squires, Chair of the Environment Committee at Worcester City Council.
Climbing frames, slides, rockers and colourful floor graphics have now been installed at the Warndon play area. There is also new gym equipment for adults in the adjacent playing field including sit-up benches, cycle machines and push-up bars, replacing and updating old gym equipment.
“It’s massively important for the local community to have somewhere to exercise, and to visit as a family,” says Nicola Townsend, Deputy Principal at the Oasis Academy Warndon.
“We’re extremely proud of the children here today, who are just some of those at our school to have achieved 100% attendance this year.”
Worcester City Council has invested over £220,000 to revamp four play areas. Work has already been completed at Warndon Community Centre, Caister Avenue (WR4 0QP) and Pirie Avenue (WR4 0NE).
Approximately 25 per cent of the costs are being covered by Section 106 funding – money which developers pay to councils to create new community facilities.
“It’s really heart-warming to see these children playing outside; too many young people are spending time cooped up indoors,” says Cllr Alan Feeney, vice-chair of the City Council’s Environment Committee.
The fourth play area, next to the Perdiswell Leisure Centre in Bilford Road (WR3 8DX), will receive a complete makeover. Existing equipment, which has reached the end of its natural life, will be replaced with a Spitfire themed play area, reflecting Perdiswell Park’s former usage as a temporary aerodrome during World War II.
It is anticipated that the new play equipment at Perdiswell will be ready for action towards the end of August.