Whitleigh play parks get makeovers

Milford Lane play areaA Plymouth play park has had a complete overhaul thanks to a partnership with a community group.

Having joined forces with the Whitleigh Community Trust, the Council they have been able to replace all of the equipment in Milford Lane play area and make significant changes to the neighbouring play park in Norwich Avenue.

A new slide, cradle swing, seesaw and carousel have all been installed alongside seating to create a welcoming, safe area for local children.

The changes have been funded by a £19,000 donation from the Postcode Lottery, successfully bid for by the Trust.

The park was officially opened at an event with over 50 local children last week.

Councillor Pete Smith, Deputy Leader of Plymouth City Council, said: “It is so nice to see children of all ages enjoying the play park.

“Play improvements and encouraging children to go outside is so crucial for their health so I’m delighted to see the Milford Lane facility completed and ready for the summer holidays.”

Barry Meek, Chair of Trustees for the Whitleigh Community Trust, said: “Its lovely to see all these children and residents coming together to make their area a better place to live and play in”

As well as the changes at Milford Lane, nearby Norwich Avenue has also seen some changes, with improved access to the play area for older children and a new path installed.

Norwich Avenue and Milford Lane will form the Milford Play Hub.

The Trust will run a range of community activities and events including play days, bug hotel building and community picnics within the two parks while the Council will continue to maintain the equipment.

Councillor Smith added: “Thanks so much to our friends at the Whitleigh Community Trust for all their hard work. This is proof that partnership work in the community can really bring about positive change.”