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Play Park upgrade in Mansfield Woodhouse

A £40,000 project to improve a children's play area in Mansfield Woodhouse is due to start in the New Year.

Work to remove the existing equipment and surfacing at Hornby Plantation play park is due to start in early January and the project should take 12 weeks to complete.

Funded by Nottinghamshire County Council's Local Improvement Scheme, the play park will cater for children up to 16 years old with a range of equipment including a rotating surfboard, a tunnel, two cradle swings, a ship's wheel as well as ramps and towers.

Mansfield District Council and the Friends of Hornby Plantation (FoHP) will work on the project in partnership with the County Council.

As part of the consultation process, the FoHP visited Leas Park Junior School and Peafield Lane Primary School to find out what children would like on the plantation. Local residents and visitors were also asked for their views and following a public vote last month, a preferred scheme was chosen from a total of three shortlisted schemes.

Local county councillor Joyce Bosnjak, who supported the successful application on behalf of the FoHP, added: "The existing play area has very little for children aged 7-13 years so the new equipment will be a great asset to the park. The feedback on the chosen design has been very positive and we hope that many children will come with their parents to use these free facilities."

Councillor Philip Shields, Mansfield District Council's Portfolio Holder for the Environment, added: "The refurbished play park will provide children and young people in the area with a modern, high-quality facility that will provide hours of fun and entertainment. This is a great example of partners working together to make improvements for the local community."

Mansfield District Council will be responsible for the maintenance of the play area once it is installed.

Published 19 December 2012

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