Freya’s Play Day

(l-r) Emmie Readman, Plymouth City Council Natural Infrastructure Officer; Freya Martin and Councillor Patrick Nicholson, open the refurbished Boringdon Close play park

A Plympton schoolgirl has cut the ribbon at the new and improved Boringdon Close play park.

Freya Martin, 9, was the guest of honour at the park where antiquated and tired equipment has been replaced by a dynamic ‘supernova’ roundabout, bird’s nest swing, and much more.

Freya, who lives nearby, wrote to her MP to ask for more modern and challenging equipment to be added to her park. She even included some ideas for designs!

The MP then contacted Plymouth City Council who were already including the park in the ongoing play improvements programme.

Freya said: “I’m so pleased that my design has been used and that the park has been improved! I can’t wait to play in it with my friends!

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “Freya’s letter could not have come to us at a better time and it’s lovely to stand here with here today for the opening of the park.

“The Play Improvements programme, which will now run into a second phase, has been a roaring success and nothing demonstrates that to me more than Freya’s smiling face.”

Boringdon Park is the latest of 32 parks to have had a makeover as part of the programme, called Hands Up for Plymouth Play.

Just last month, further funding was given the green light, with 38 play parks set to receive a makeover by Spring 2020. In addition, up to six brand new parks will be created close to new housing thanks to contributions from developers.

The play improvements plan as a whole aims to fulfil a standard set out in the Joint Local Plan which will provide local outdoor play within 400m of people’s homes.

Throughout the duration of the first phase, comprehensive engagement with local residents has enabled communities to have their say on the type of equipment they want to see in their local park. This will continue throughout the second phase of the project.