New play equipment officially unveiled

Launch of the new play equipment in Central Park, Boston.
Launch of the new play equipment in Central Park, Boston.

New play equipment at Boston’s Central Park costing around £40,000 has been given the official thumps up from those who will be using it - kids!

The upgrade forms the first part of a £173,000 investment across the borough.

The equipment was installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds and financed by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), BBL (Boston Big Local), BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee) and Boston Borough Council.

New safety resurfacing was also installed.

Frances Taylor, Boston Borough Council’s play and activities officer, said: “The new pieces of equipment offer children more challenging and exciting play experiences and will encourage them to be more physically active whilst having fun.

“Two of the new pieces of equipment are inclusive to children with disabilities, the rock and bowl duel axis roundabout is designed to allow children to lay inside the bowl and experience spinning and rocking motions whilst the Donkey Springer has a raised back for extra support.”

The equipment was ‘offcially launched’ with the help of youngsters from ABC day nursery and park visitors.

Rachel Lauberts, BBL plan co-ordinator, said: “It is so nice to see some evidence that we are making a difference for people in Boston.”

Coun Peter Bedford, regional panel member of WREN and leader of Boston Borough Council, said: “The children were clearly delighted with the new equipment, and relished the opportunity to show it off.”

Garfits Lane play area is having new equipment installed; a new climbing frame for older children, roundabout, stepping stones, balance beam, basket swing, zip wire, cradle swings, a roundabout with wheelchair access, play unit, spring rides including one to take up to six children and a picnic bench and table.

There will also be improvements to St John’s, Burgess Pit, Shelton’s Field and Woodville Road play areas.

Coun Claire Rylott, the council’s portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, said: “In total £173,000 will have been spent on these improvements over the borough, representing a significant investment in the health and wellbeing of our young people.

“Play equipment does suffer from normal wear and tear and reaches the point where the only solution is to replace it. I hope this investment will address some of the concerns expressed recently about the condition of some of the play equipment.”