Me and my Labour councillor ward colleague David Nagle are excited that new playground equipment is coming to Woodlesford Park with work expected to start any time now. Getting new playgrounds locally is a priority for us as Labour councillors and we are not only working to get a new playground for Woodlesford park, we are also then pushing for Rothwell Springhead Park to be next for new playground equipment.
Nearby residents in Woodlesford were written to over the summer and the parks department has included as many suggestions as possible from the comments received from local people.
A new playground has been one of our priorities for the area. Local people told us it was important to them to have new play equipment for local children and we’ve worked hard to see that it happens. Research shows that outdoor free play gives children many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social and cognitive skills and although local children have loved playing on the current equipment over the years, it is now well past its best and I know many local children are looking forward to trying out the new equipment.
Some, but not all, of the monies from recent building developments have been used for the playground. It is fantastic that the new playground will be ready and able to be enjoyed by local children this spring and summer. It will be great to see these improvements for local children. Residents constantly tell us that they need new play equipment and it is a pleasure to help to provide it for Woodlesford and Oulton children.