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Park revamp is child's play thanks to scheme

KNOWLE Park has been revamped as part of a borough-wide scheme to provide better, and safer, play areas for local children.

KNOWLE Park has been revamped as part of a borough-wide scheme to provide better, and safer, play areas for local children.

The land, off Longdon Road, was improved – along with 10 other parks in the Solihull area – as part of the national ‘Playbuilder’ programme, run through ‘Play England.’

Solihull Council was one of 43 boroughs granted over £1 million in order to improve the play facilities for children in the area.

‘Play England’ is a scheme which aims “for all children and young people in England to have regular access, and opportunity for free, inclusive, local play provision, and play space.”

Coun Ken Meeson, leader of the council, said: “We want to give children the chance to have fun and adventure, in great places to play, near to where they live, and through working in partnership, we have made this a reality for lots of young people.”

The Knowle Park project was supported by the Friends of Knowle Park, who raised £11,000 towards the scheme, and helped decide what play equipment should be installed. Jill Chape, the group’s treasuer, said: “We are really pleased with the improvements we have been able to make as part of the scheme.”

Parks improved via the ‘Playbuilder’ programme include Babbs Mill, Malvern, Elmdon Coppice, Dorridge, Marston Green, and Olton Jubilee.

 

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