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Play area officially opens

Somersall Park playground

Fun times lie ahead for youngsters in Somersall following the official opening of a new £56,000 playground this weekend.

The playground has been installed following a joint project between Chesterfield Borough Council and the Friends of Somersall Park to improve the quality of play equipment for young people.

The playground includes:

  • Traditional and basket swings
  • Play climbing structures including slides
  • Talking tubes
  • Obstacle course type activities to climb

An official opening ceremony for the playground will be held in Somersall Park at 11am on Saturday (22 September).

The work has been funded by £25,000 from a Viridor landfill tax credit, £23,000 from Chesterfield Borough Council and £10,000 grant from Tesco Bags of Help.

John Ramsey, principal greenspaces officer for Chesterfield Borough Council, said: “Over the last three years we have been working with the Friends of Somersall Park to secure funding for the new play space in Somersall Park.

“It is really pleasing to see that hard work pay off and for a wide range of play equipment to be installed to improve the quality of the play area for children to enjoy.”

The Friends of Somersall Park group has already carried out a range of projects to improve the park experience for users. These include tree and bulb planting, litter picks and organising various events including an annual lantern parade and a play day during the school holidays.

Rebecca Robinson, chair of the Friends of Somersall Park, said: “We are delighted to have successfully delivered a new play at Somersall Park for our local community to enjoy. We'd like to thank everyone who has helped and supported us.”

First published on 20 September 2018 Last updated on 21 September 2018