Junior Play Area officially opened by Mayor of Brentwood

Mick Ferris

King George’s Playing Field junior play area in Warley has been officially opened by the Mayor, Cllr Olivia Sanders.

The new play scheme features a wealth of different challenging apparatus to encourage children to play, build team work and learn.

Chair of the Community and Health Committee, Cllr Cliff Poppy said; “It was great to see the mayor open the junior play area this morning. (June 28). This now complements the toddler play area that opened last year.

“The response from residents has been fantastic and I am delighted that young children with their friends, families or carers will be able to take advantage of the two schemes just in time for the summer and staycations.

“We earmarked £2m as part of the five year strategy to improve the borough’s play areas and the scheme has already seen the completion of Warley Playing Fields with its outside gym, River Road and Courage Playing Fields.

“Given the scenario of the last year, the timing for this could not be better. We know that play areas are vital for our childrens’ health and wellbeing and it is always a pleasure to see children and families coming together to enjoy them.”

Work is underway at the Hutton Recreation Park Play Area to bring a new range of equipment for all ages including double zip lines, a large rope swing, and a large rocking and rotating Mobius rider.

The new Hutton Road Recreation Area is expected to open by the end of August and the original one will remain accessible during the work.

Cllr Poppy added; “We undertook consultation with all our schemes and Hutton’s play area will benefit from £320,000 to bring it up to date and ensure that the play offerings across Brentwood are now all of the same high standard. Working with HAGs and Short Breaks we have made sure a broad range of imaginative and inclusive play opportunities have been included so that all our children particularly those with physical or sensory challenges can enjoy the schemes.

“The new toddler and junior play area will be relocated to nearer the Hutton Community Centre which makes perfect sense, and we have ensured that the existing play area will remain open while the new one is being installed.”


Mick Ferris

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