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New play equipment gives children something to be excited about in Chard

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With the majority of play parks opening last week after being closed for several months due to Covid-19, children in Chard have something extra to get excited about.

Snowdon Park in Chard has been given a £68,000 play equipment face lift thanks to Section 106 money secured from the development of the adjacent Redrow Homes development.

Children from across the town have been given their first opportunity this week to play on some of the newly installed equipment which includes a castle themed multi-unit climbing frame, a pyramid climbing net, basket swing, agility trail, tyre swing, spring see saw, toddler seats plus improvements to the surroundings that includes new seating, fencing and tree planting and landscaping.

Snowdon Park is on the edge of the town and is bordered by three sides of beautiful countryside. Officers from the Council have ensured that the design fits in with this context and uses high quality timber equipment and landscaping to reduce the visual impact of the play area.

Councillor Jason Baker, District Councillor for the Chard Holyrood ward, said: “The range of play equipment that has been installed at the site is fantastic and gives the opportunity for all children of any age and ability to enjoy playing in this safe play area. As District Councillors, we are really proud of what has been achieved here."

Councillor Mike Best, portfolio holder for Health & Well-Being, added: “The District Council wants to increase the quality and quantity of play opportunities in the district and this project will positively contribute towards that goal. The securing of Section 106 funding from the adjacent housing development was fundamental in the success in getting this new equipment installed and addresses the needs generated by those moving to the development.”

A consultation was held a couple of years ago at the Guildhall into the development of the play area and feedback from that consultation was used to enable to right type of equipment to be installed at Snowdon Park play area.

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