Play areas in Woodmansey improved thanks to commuted sums funding

Thu, 20 Jun 2019

Play Areas in Woodmansey Parish have been officially reopened after the completion of works funded by East Riding of Yorkshire Council as part of Commuted Sums, collected from developers of nearby housing sites.

Deer Park Way Play Area and King Street Play Area have been reopened, and the third play area – Southwood Park on Princess Way - is set for work to start in July.

The opening ceremonies were attended by Councillor Mike Stathers – Cabinet Member and Portfolio Holder for Enhancing Communities; Councillor Kerri Harold and Councillor David Elvidge – Councillors for Minster and Woodmansey Ward; Councillor Stephen Oliver – Woodmansey Parish Council; and Alan Kitts, representing Play-Scheme who carried out the works on the King Street Play Area.

The refurbishments came about thanks to the action of local resident Sara Fletcher who undertook consultations with children and worked alongside the Parish Council to create a plan for the three play areas.

Deer Park Way Play Area received £61,061 and works included: installing a picnic area with a roadway track surrounding it for use with bikes or scooters, a new swing with one single swing and one tango swing where parents and children can swing together, and an adventure trail using the existing grass bank in the park.

A parent who attended the Deer Park Way event said: “This is a well thought-out refurbishment. Children of all ages love it. Nice to have lots of space!”

King Street Play Area received £77,342 and works here included: Removal of old equipment and installation of new wooden equipment including a Nest Swing with Heavy Duty Rope Basket, a Wooden Tower with slide and two six- seater picnic benches.

A parent who attended the King Street event said: “It’s lovely to have nice new equipment for the kids. It’s a really great space.”

Southwood Park Play area has been awarded £39,200 with works due to start soon.

Councillor Stephen Oliver from Woodmansey Parish Council said: “We received comments from residents about the quality of the play experience in the Parish andagreed that we really wanted to support and promote active play, healthy lifestyles and play areas that were parent friendly and a real focal point in the community. Working with the residents, we have created high quality play experiences in three parks in the Parish, each one offering something different for children and parents to enjoy, and for many generations to come. Feedback we have received from families has been really positive and the usage has increased significantly.”

Councillor Mike Stathers of East Riding of Yorkshire Council added : “I am delighted that we have been able to supply funding for these excellent and much-needed improvements from our Commuted Sums scheme.”