Play park reopens after £20k refurb

Councillors Darren Mullen and Stephen Stanners and Youth Services representatives Emma Jackson and Pam Boyd with Seghill Young People representatives Lathan and Courtney Phillips. Picture by Trevor Walker.

Councillors Darren Mullen and Stephen Stanners and Youth Services representatives Emma Jackson and Pam Boyd with Seghill Young People representatives Lathan and Courtney Phillips. Picture by Trevor Walker.

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Residents have welcomed the re-opening of a popular play park after it underwent a £20,000 refurbishment.

A special event took place to mark the reopening of the facility in Seghill, which is bordered by The Crescent, The Close and surrounding area.

Coun Darren Mullen, chairman of Seaton Valley Council, was on hand to cut the ribbon to officially re-open the refurbished play park while guests were able to enjoy ice creams, balloons and gifts.

The park has had new equipment added to it and has gone through a complete make-over. Railings have been repainted in bright colours and colour has been added to the , while youngsters have helped install a mural on the adjacent garage wall.

A total of £20,000 has been spent – half from the council and the remaining from the Big Lottery Fund’s Awards for All.

The scheme has been an example of partnership working, with a number of sections of the community involved.

Homes for Northumberland repaired its adjoining garages, Procter and Gamble and local volunteers helped repaint the dull fencing around the park, Kompan Plc assisted with design and consultation services and Northumberland County Council’s Youth Service supervised the design and painting of the new mural.

Council clerk Simon Potts said: “It’s great to see the first cog of our playground’s renewal programme in Seghill being delivered. We hope to deliver a new play park at Hill Avenue/Kentmere Close in the future.”

“We have longer term ambitions to further develop play facilities at Seghill Welfare. Additionally we are in the process of finalising plans to renew our play park at Mitford Avenue, Seaton Delaval.”