Playground boost for Northampton park

Children living on an estate in Northampton will be among those benefiting from new play areas across the county thanks to the Government's Playbuilder scheme.

A new 50,000 play trail at Eastfield Park in Northampton was officially opened by Mayor Brian Markham and was one of seven new playgrounds to be completed in Northamptonshire under the 1.1 million programme funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

Bernard Kelly, a member of the Friends of Eastfield Park, said: "Eastfield Park has been crying out for this type of investment for many years and I am very pleased that this stage of the play improvements is now complete.

"The options for play in the park have been vastly improved and comments from residents and young people are generally very positive."

The equipment includes a climbing net, basket swing, multi-pondo (pictured) and a zip-wire, and was unveiled in time for youngsters to use it during the Easter break.

Northamptonshire County Councillor Joan Kirkbride (Con, Bugbrooke), cabinet member for children and young people, said: "We're very pleased to see this first batch of play areas up and running, and I know we've got some exciting projects in the pipeline.

"The programme is very much aimed at getting children and young people involved in the design and planning process so that communities end up with exciting and fun play spaces that reflect the needs and wishes of the very people who will be using them."

Other play areas opened under the scheme included Humphries Drive in Brackley as well as other sites in Corby, Rothwell and Raunds.