A swinging time at new £90k play park

Mayor of Erewash cllr Val Clare opens the refurbished rutland sports park play area.
Mayor of Erewash cllr Val Clare opens the refurbished rutland sports park play area.

A £90,000 play park, which can be used by able-bodied and disabled children alike, has been officially opened.

Schoolchildren helped Mayor of Erewash Cllr Val Clare cut the ribbon on Friday (November 8) at the Rutland Recreation Ground

Erewash Borough Council asked pupils and parents from Bennerley Fields special school in Cotmanhay to vote for one of two designs.

The wheelchair-friendly park they chose includes a double width slide, a fireman’s pole, a spinning outrigger, a buddy board see-saw and a sensory deck.

Cllr Mike Wallis, responsible for culture and leisure on the authority, said: “This is a great facility for Ilkeston where able-bodied children and children with disabilities can play together and enjoy some of the latest and most fun equipment.

“A big thank you goes out to the children, parents and local residents who so enthusiastically worked with us on the final design choice for this exciting new play park.

“It has been open for play for a while and we know it has been thoroughly enjoyed and welcomed by the community.”

A £90,000 grant was secured from Derbyshire County Council’s Aiming High Fund, which supports projects that offer fully-inclusive facilities, to build the playpark.