Second phase of play improvements given go ahead

Examples of the equipment that will be seen in the new Central Park play area

The next phase of play improvements across Plymouth has been 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 plans follow hot-on-the-heels on the first phase of the Hands Up for Plymouth Play project, which has already seen 32 play areas across the city improved and upgraded and is due to be completed next month.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “We’re delighted to be able to provide this funding for what I believe is such a special project.

“We know from research that children who have great places to play outdoors and access to nature, regularly become fitter and leaner, develop stronger immune systems, have more active imaginations, lower stress levels, play more creatively and have greater respect for themselves and others.

“I’ve very much enjoyed working with the team on the first phase, which has provided such positive results, and I’m sure that the second phase will be equally successful.”

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.

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