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Preparing for fitness ...and much more fun

Removal of old play equipment in Central Park and Garfits Lane play areas began this week in readiness for new, modern and more exciting kit to be installed.

Workmen waded in with pneumatic drills, sledge hammers and levering irons to remove the old equipment - some of it damaged, worn and beyond economic repair.

Both play areas will be out of action for a short while, although other areas of both parks can still be accessed.

Central Park play area is to get a new roundabout, seesaw, multiplay unit, donkey springer ride, dual axis roundabout, two play areas, basketball area and safety surfaces and pathways and perimeter areas resurfaced.

Garfits Lane will have  a new climbing frame for older children, roundabout, stepping stones, balance beam, basket swing, zip wire, cradle swings, a roundabout with wheelchair access, play unit, spring rides including one to take up to six children and a picnic bench and table.

There will also be improvements to St John's, Burgess Pit, Shelton's Field and Woodville Road play areas.

Funding has come from WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), Boston Big Local, Boston Borough Council and BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee).

Cllr Claire Rylott, Boston Borough Council's portfolio holder for grounds and open spaces, said: "In total £173,000 will have been spent on these improvements, representing a significant investment in the health and wellbeing of our young people.

"I hope this investment in new equipment will address some of the concerns expressed recently about the condition of some of the play equipment. These do suffer from normal wear and tear and reach the point where it is not economic to repair and the only solution is replacement.

"The best form of exercise for youngsters is play and this new equipment will ensure they play safely and have fun at the same time."

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Workmen begin the task of removing the old equipment from the Central Park children's play area

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Old play equipment ready for removal from Garfits Lane