THE ribbon has finally been cut for new playgrounds in Upton after delays caused by the public health crisis.
The modern playgrounds are located at the east of Upton Court Park – with one play area for younger children and another for older children – has been opened by a ward councillor after the scheduled completion date in March was setback due to the coronavirus.
Younger children can climb on top of a wooden ship or play on swings and springy insects where the play area also features ‘educational fun’ such as incorporating music.
The area for older children includes a zip wire, crocodile sign and a pod swing in hopes to promote fitness and build dexterity among young people.
Cllr Balvinder S. Bains (Labour: Upton), cabinet member for inclusive growth and skills, said: “It’s been my pleasure to help bring these playgrounds at Upton Court Park to life for the children, parents, and grandparents from Upton area and beyond.
“When the Kings Reach estate was built the need for new play areas for both younger and older children to enjoy became even greater, and this has been a long-awaited project.
“A big thank you to the parks team for all of their hard work, particularly as the last parts of the build fell at the beginning of the pandemic. It’s been fantastic seeing the playgrounds being enjoyed in the sun today by children of all ages.”
Gerald Pleace, parks and open space manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to see children playing on the equipment here today and having worked on this project from design stage to completion, it’s great to see how much fun our younger residents are having.
“These playgrounds are an important addition to the park, and I look forward to them being enjoyed for many years to come.”