Merton Council opens new play area at Ravensbury Park

Merton Council opens new play area at Ravensbury Park

What: Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton will open new play area
Where: Ravensbury Park, between Merton Road and Bishopsford Road
When: 6 November 2008
Time: 10.00am

Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton will officially open the new play area at Ravensbury Park on the 6 November 2008 at 10.00am.

The play area is fully accessible so children with special needs will also be able to enjoy the variety of new play equipment available.

A BIG Lottery cash injection of £20,000 has helped fund the play area which now includes a slide, climbing boulders, swings, and a wheelchair accessible roundabout. There is also a stage where youngsters are able to give open air performances of their own plays to friends and family.

The refurbishment of the play area was recommended in the Free Play Strategy 2007-2012 developed by the council and Merton’s voluntary and community sector in consultation with children, young people and their families.

Before building the play area Merton Council invited local residents, including children and the Friends of Ravensbury Park, to select the play equipment they wanted to see installed in the park. All of the equipment is set in rubber safety surfacing so as to provide safe play for youngsters of all ages.

Merton Council’s Cabinet Member for the environment Councillor David Simpson said: “It is wonderful that we have been able to provide this invaluable play area for our young people. Putting the needs of our younger residents first, careful thought has gone into the design of the play equipment so that it is accessible to as many young people as possible. It has been a good experience for the council to work in partnership with the Friends of the park and I really hope that youngsters in the area will have a lot of fun here and make ever greater use of the park in the future.”

Mayor of Merton Councillor Martin Whelton said: ‘I am delighted to have been invited to open the play area as it’s fantastic for children in our borough to have such an accessible and safe place to play along with having equipment that is designed to accommodate children with special needs. This is a place which families will be able to enjoy and spend many happy hours and I warmly welcome its opening.’