Central Park play area reopens
New playground equipment at Central Park has been officially opened with help from some children from ABC day nursery.
The equipment, costing around £40,000, was recently installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds and financed by WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited) , BBL (Boston Big Local), BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee) and Boston Borough Council.
Also installed was new safety resurfacing of pathways and play perimeter areas.
Frances Taylor, Boston Borough Council's play and activities officer said: "Central Park play area is the most used of all play areas accessed by children and young people of all ages.
"The new surfacing gives the area a fresh new look and makes it a much more inviting and safer place to play.
"The new pieces of equipment offer children more challenging and exciting play experiences and will encourage them to be more physically active whilst having fun.
"Two of the new pieces of equipment are inclusive to children with disabilities, the rock and bowl duel axis roundabout is designed to allow children to lay inside the bowl and experience spinning and rocking motions whilst the donkey springer has a raised back for extra support."
Richard Tory, Chair of BBL, said: "Money well spent, the children seem to be enjoying themselves and the surfaces are of a much better quality."
Rachel Lauberts, BBL plan co-ordinator, added: "It is so nice to see some evidence that we are making a difference for people in Boston."
Cllr Peter Bedford, Regional panel member of WREN and leader of Boston Borough Council, said: "The children were clearly delighted the new equipment, and relished the opportunity to show them off.
"The new surfaces have made so much of a difference looking tidier and safer.
"The installation of this equipment will enhance the play experience for the children, and make their outings here far more enjoyable."
Garfits Lane play area is also having new equipment installed, 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.
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 over the borough, representing a significant investment in the health and wellbeing of our young people.
"Play equipment does suffer from normal wear and tear and reach the point where the only solution is to replace them. I hope this investment will address some of the concerns expressed recently about the condition of some of the play equipment.
The children in the park today certainly were playing safely and have fun at the same time."