The newly installed play area on Sutton Lawn is going down a storm with families across the area. Children are now enjoying brand new swings, a junior climbing frame and a multi-play area installed by Ashfield District Council.
Nottinghamshire County Council’s Local Improvement Scheme donated £28k and this was matched funded through Ashfield District Council’s Play Park Strategy.
The multi play unit now supports unaided wheelchair access to enable all children to play together in an inclusive play space. This challenges young people’s physical abilities whilst having play panels and games to challenge hand eye coordination and dexterity.
Councillor Helen-Ann Smith, Deputy Leader of Ashfield District Council and Portfolio Holder for Streets, Parks and Town Centres, said: “We’re proud to be able to bring major improvements such as these to one of Ashfield’s major parks. Children can now look forward to playing during the summer holidays in the newly installed play area at Sutton Lawn.
“The inclusive element to the new set up on Sutton Lawn is fantastic, it’s great to see how popular it is already – I look forward to seeing it continue to thrive this summer.”
Nottinghamshire County Councillor Samantha Deakin signed off the Local Improvement Scheme bid for the project. She is also delighted to see the difference it’s already making. Councillor Deakin is also the District Councillor for Sutton Central and New Cross where Sutton Lawn is based.
She said: “I’m happy to see the Local Improvement Scheme having such a positive impact in Sutton. I became a Councillor to make a difference. It’s brilliant to see our hard work coming to fruition. We have ensured our facilities at the popular park are accessible to everyone. We are able to welcome children of all abilities to come and enjoy the equipment.
“This is just the latest park to be improved in our District. I’m looking forward to seeing even more of our parks and play areas improved in the near future.”
Councillor Phil Rostance, vice chairman of the County Council’s Communities and Place Committee said that the play scheme was exactly the type of scheme that the Local Improvement Scheme was set up to support.
Councillor Rostance said: “I’m delighted that this play scheme will be inclusive for all children and young people as it gets them outside in the fresh air and running around.
“The Local Improvement Scheme has supported schemes like this across Nottinghamshire and play areas like this are a great asset for thriving communities.”