Popular Wakefield play area reopens after £80,000 makeover

A popular children's play area in Wakefield has reopened after an £80,000 makeover.

By Holly Gittins
Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 10:47 am
Updated Wednesday, 11th November 2020, 10:50 am
Councillors Kevin Swift, Jack Hemingway, Michael Graham and Hilary Mitchell at the Lupset play area before lockdown, which has received an £80,000 makeover.
Councillors Kevin Swift, Jack Hemingway, Michael Graham and Hilary Mitchell at the Lupset play area before lockdown, which has received an £80,000 makeover.

Jubilee Hall Play Park, in Lupset, features a new roundabout, see-saw, overhead rotator and a large single point swing for multi-user and inclusive play.

The scheme was paid for using £60,000 of grant funding from the Local Authorities Parks Improvement Fund and an additional £20,000 from Local Capital Grants, which allocates money across the district each year.

​Councillor Jack Hemingway, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: "The new improved play area looks fantastic and will be great for families and young people.

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"Play areas and park are going to be so important to people as we face another national lockdown and I am pleased that this new playground has opened in time for children to enjoy it and get some much needed exercise while we all face being indoors more over the next month.

"As part of the bid process we consulted with local people and this is what they told us they wanted so I am delighted that local people will now benefit from this investment.

"This is a fantastic example of how the community, local councillors and the Council can work together to improve life for residents."

Other features including a zip line, upgraded large junior multi-play unit and all new safety surfacing, along with bins and an upgrade of the perimeter fence.