Work to begin on new Springhead Park playground

Great news for younger children as the first phase of the new Springhead Park playgrounds, the toddler playground for children ages one to seven, is set to start work week commencing 4 February, weather permitting.

It’s fantastic that work on the younger children’s playground at Rothwell Springhead Park is set to start. It’s great when a project I’ve worked hard on for ages finally happens.

The start date comes after it was announced earlier that the £39,000 of funding was confirmed from Veolia to compliment the £50,000 funding earmarked by the Rothwell Labour councillors earlier for the toddler playground and £40,000 on some new equipment for the older children’s playground.

Having initiated the plans for the playground, I’ve been keen to make it happen as quickly as possible.  It’s been a priority for me and I know a lot of residents for a long time for new playgrounds for Rothwell Springhead Park. When myself and my former ward councillor colleague David Nagle asked residents what they wanted S106 green space monies from recent developments spending on play equipment was at the top of the list.

So many local children, including my daughter, have loved playing on the current playgrounds over the years and have fond memories, but as time goes on much of the equipment needs replacing as it becomes worn.

I’m keen to see more dynamic and challenging pieces of equipment for older children, such as zip wire and other popular equipment. This will be the next phase in improving our park this summer.

Outdoor play is great for children. Playing outside helps children to develop their learning abilities. Outdoor play is great for encouraging children’s creativity. There are numerous health benefits to playing outside. Other benefits to local children include social skills, well-being, independence and exploration.

It will be great to see local younger children enjoying their new playground this spring with their parents, grandparents and carers!