A £45,000 project to refurbish a playground in Cramlington is nearing completion and will be opened in time for the Easter holidays.
The new playground at Norwich Way is part of a programme undertaken by Cramlington Town Council which has seen the refurbishment of play areas across the town, costing more than £180,000, funded by the town council, Northumberland County Council and the Big Lottery fund.
Town councillors Ian Ayres and David Vaughan worked with local residents to design the new facility.
Coun Ayres said: “When the town council took over playgrounds two years ago it was clear that they had suffered from years of neglect and under funding.
“Consequently many of the playgrounds were simply not used and repair and maintenance costs were a constant headache.
“The new facilities will provide first rate play facilities and significantly reduce our maintenance bill.
“Children’s play sites are being improved thanks to the town council decision to prioritise investment which is of vital importance to the development and health of our younger residents.
“We involved the local children and families in the design of the play park in Norwich Way, by working together we can ensure every resident is valued and listened to and be part of the decision making process.
“The consultation process gave parents and children the opportunity to decide what type of playground they wanted and I’m sure that everyone is pleased with what has been provided.
“For too long Cramlington has had to make do with second best but I and my town council colleagues are determined to make sure we have some of the best facilities in the county.
“The playground programme is just the first step.”
Playgrounds at Chichester Avenue, Majorie Street, Nelson Avenue, Eastfields and East Hartford have already been refurbished, the playground at Mainstone Close will be improved in the next few weeks and a new playground will also be provided at Clifton Road in the coming months.