A completely refurbished children's playground and brand new landscaped seating area have opened in an area of Wolverhampton.

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The city council installed the facility in Castlecroft Avenue, Castlecroft, after working in partnership with Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association.

Brand new play equipment, much of it designed to be accessible for disabled children, has replaced a run down old playground.

Equipment includes a climbing frame, swings, springie and a roundabout. A brightly coloured rubber safety surface has also been fitted.

An area of open land next to the playground has been landscaped with a selection of trees and flowering shrubs. Seating has been installed and a new link path to the play area has been created.

The scheme cost £80,000 and funding came via a Section 106 agreement after the development of nearby Castlecroft Medical Practice.

Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association worked closely with the city council on the scheme and chose many of the design features.

The association organised an official opening ceremony last Friday when local schoolchildren were invited to try out the playground.

Brenda Bates, secretary of Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association, said: "We are particularly delighted with the landscaping and replanting of the adjoining grassed area which has much enhanced this area as a pleasant amenity for the residents."

Councillor Steve Evans, cabinet member for city environment, said: "We have been delighted to work with local residents from Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association to provide a facility for the neighbourhood to enjoy. Brand new play equipment for the children and a landscape seating area is a welcome addition to the area."

  • released: Tuesday 18 August, 2017