The new multi-use play area on Ashington’s Peoples Park has proved extremely popular since its opening on Friday 7 June.
Despite the inclement weather over the past few days the facility has attracted many children and families since its opening by Mr Ian Lavery MP.
The project has been developed by Ashington Town Council following the demolition of the former Ashington Leisure Centre and further to the granting of planning permission for new housing on the site.
A Working Group consisting of Bothal Ward Councillors (Cllrs. Lynne Grimshaw, Matthew Cuthbert and Bob Walkinshaw) and Town Council staff oversaw the project supported by the appointed contractor for the project Kompan Ltd.
The play area includes swings, roundabouts, see-saws, climbing frames and slides as well as a Multi-Use Games Area and outdoor gym. The design features ‘zoned areas’, based on age groups, with equipment that will develop and challenge young people both physically and mentally.
The Town Council committed funds to the £210,000 project as well as securing significant external financial support from the Ashington Leisure Partnership, Ashington Town Team, Northumberland County Council’s Housing Developer Fund, Scottish Power’s Windfarm Development Fund and Gleeson Homes. Ashington’s County Council members have also contributed to the project through their Local Members Improvement Scheme funds.
In developing the plans the Town Council asked local schoolchildren, from the nearby Bothal Primary School, what they would like to see in the park as well as consulting with a Parent & Toddler Group and young people from YMCA Northumberland. The ideas and views from this work were incorporated into the final plans and the children from the Primary School were the first to use the facility following the opening (pictured).
County and Town Councillor for the Bothal Ward, Councillor Lynne Grimshaw, said ‘On behalf of the Working Group and Town Council we are delighted that the play area has proved so popular since the opening and has been well received by the local community. It has been wonderful to see children and families playing together in the Park and hopefully the facility will continue to be well used and fully respected’.
Please see additional photographs on the new facility below.