Playtime is here as £400,000 site opens

Park life......The new �400,000 playsite facility opens at Richardson Dees Park-Wallsend.

Park life......The new �400,000 playsite facility opens at Richardson Dees Park-Wallsend.

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HUNDREDS of youngsters have been trying out the biggest play area in the borough since its official opening last week.

The new development, at Richardson Dees Park in Wallsend, was unveiled by mayor Linda Arkley along with dozens of families from Wallsend Children’s Centre last Wednesday.

The £400,000 play area offers equipment for children of all ages, from tiny tots up to teenagers.

It has been jointly funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund.

Children in the town were given their say on the play area’s design and choice of equipment.

Mrs Arkley said: “This fantastic new facility, right in the heart of Wallsend, is a wonderful addition to the much-loved Richardson Dees Park.

“I want our communities to enjoy their parks once again, and I am confident that this wonderful new play site will delight families and children of all ages.”

The site is split into two areas, one for younger children and the other for their older counterparts.

In the younger children’s area, there is an adventure trail, water play area, sandpit with diggers, roundabout and basket swings.

The area for older children features play equipment including a zipwire, climbing boulder, traditional swings, pendulum swing and landscaped mound with underground tunnel.

Shauna Taylor, nine, of Wallsend, said: “I often come to the park and think it’s a really good place to play.

“I’m really excited about the new play site, and I think me and my friends are going to have fun coming here.”

The site is fenced off to exclude dogs and also features seating and picnic tables.