Cllr Balvinder S Bains, ward councillor for Upton and cabinet member for inclusive growth and skills, has opened the brand new playgrounds in Upton Court Park. The playgrounds are situated at the east end of the park with one play area for younger children and one for older children. The project was scheduled to complete in March but the coronavirus pandemic started, which halted the last part of the build.
The playground for younger children features a wooden sailboat climbing frame, musical elements, swings and springy insects; it feels homely and welcoming, as well as educational and fun. The area for older children has a zip wire, crocodile swing and a pod swing to build fitness and dexterity while still being a great place to enjoy. The parks team has created a modern playground that blends into the countryside feel of the park, with wooden equipment that is still recognisable as having been part of a tree, with its irregular shapes and form.
Cllr Balvinder S Bains, cabinet member for inclusive growth and skills, said: “It’s been my pleasure to help bring these playgrounds at Upton Court Park to life for the children, parents, and grandparents from Upton area and beyond. When the Kings Reach estate was built the need for new play areas for both younger and older children to enjoy became even greater, and this has been a long awaited project.
“A big thank you to the parks team for all of their hard work, particularly as the last parts of the build fell at the beginning of the pandemic. It's been fantastic seeing the playgrounds being enjoyed in the sun today by children of all ages.”
Gerald Pleace, parks and open space manager, said: “It’s been fantastic to see children playing on the equipment here today and having worked on this project from design stage to completion, it’s great to see how much fun our younger residents are having. These playgrounds are an important addition to the park, and I look forward to them being enjoyed for many years to come.”