Refurbished park to get facilities for play area

Robert Sutcliffe

A MULTI-million pound refurbishment project in Huddersfield’s Greenhead Park, should see new play facilities installed later this year.

Planning permission is being sought for a new play area close to the newly-refurbished cafe pavilion, railway and bowling greens.

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Focusing on natural play, it will make full use of the park’s landscape and will have modern equipment designed to challenge its users.

The play area scheme, being funded from the Play Pathfinder programme (Department for Children, Schools and Families), the Big Lottery Fund Children’s Play Programme and Kirklees Council, is being carried out in conjunction with the Friends of Greenhead Park. Local children will also get a say in what the play area will contain.

Council leader Mehboob Khan said he was very excited by the work going on in the park.

He said: “This new play area will undoubtedly prove to be one of the busiest and most popular parts of the park.

“I am sure that the thousands of children and young people who visit the park throughout the year will have a fantastic time when it is completed.

“It is good to see that the finished design will be developed with close involvement of local children and young people who will, of course, be the people who will be getting most use from it when it is open,” he commented.

Coun Mary Harkin, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure Services, added: “LOCA, the council’s arts agency, will be planning creative consultation activities in the park over the next few months to give children, young people and users of the park the opportunity to help influence certain parts of the design and create a play area which is special to them and unique to Greenhead Park.”

Work constructing the play area is expected to start this summer, and take around two months to complete.

The park restoration project, funded by Kirklees and the Heritage Lottery Fund, is due for completion this autumn.