Work starts on three new play areas costing £175,000 in Corby

East Carlton Park's new play area

East Carlton Park's new play area

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Work on installing three new play areas in Corby started this week.

Funding totalling £175,000 from WREN will pay for the new equipment at East Carlton Country Park as well as for two play areas on the Danesholme estate.

Carltonwood Close's new play area in Corby

Carltonwood Close's new play area in Corby

The funding was secured following initial funds being raised from Corby Council, Northamptonshire County Council’s Empowering Councillors Fund (via former councillor Chris Stanbra) and Friends of East Carlton Country Park has secured new play equipment for Stavanger Close, Carltonwood Close and East Carlton Country Park.

Work on all three play areas began on Monday (November 23) and is due to be completed by Christmas this year.

At Stavanger Close on the Danesholme estate, the new equipment totalling £50,000 will be installed on an old play area, giving the area a new lease of life.

The equipment will include a zipwire, duel swing, fantasy bell ship, vippy seesaw, turtle four-way springer and a replacement tango swing.

We are very excited to be starting work to provide brand new play equipment in three different areas in the borough

Cllr John McGhee

At Carltonwood Close, also on the Danesholme estate, a brand new play area totalling £50,000 for under-eights is being installed.

This will consist of a roundabout, swings, springers, a castle unit and small boat amongst other things.

East Carlton Country Park has already had its old play area removed to make way for a brand new set of equipment totalling £75,000 which will include a bespoke ship bow and stern, a pirate tower, a viper rope swing, a Cyclops swing, a hexagon multi unit swing, a 20m cableway, junior swings and a new springer.

Corby Council’s lead member for community, Cllr John McGhee, said: “With the help of WREN, the county council and the Friends of East Carlton Park we are very excited to be starting work to provide brand new play equipment in three different areas in the borough.

Stavanger Close's new play area in Corby

Stavanger Close's new play area in Corby

“Our play areas are very popular and give every child the opportunity for some play time, therefore it is important that we invest in them to ensure that our youngsters have safe and exciting areas to explore and enjoy right on their doorstep.

“We look forward to seeing all three areas come to life.”

Managing director of WREN Peter Cox said: “WREN is committed to funding the projects that make a real difference to local communities, children and families.

“The Stavanger Close, Carltonwood Close and East Carlton Country Park projects will provide a fantastic space for local people to get outdoors and have some fun on these new play areas.

“We’re delighted to have supported Corby Borough Council to make this happen and I’m sure that everyone will enjoy the new play areas.”