Rochford District Council reveals children’s play areas set to receive up to £1million investment

Rochford District Council has revealed the play areas set for an overhaul worth up to £1million, in an effort to inspire local children to explore the great outdoors.​

The council is investing more than £700,000 in new equipment which will benefit play spaces across the district. This investment will be boosted by grant funding and parish councils, which could make the project worth over £1million.​

The authority is now announcing the locations identified for a three year programme of works – which will provide thrilling play spaces where children can develop both their physical and social skills.

The council will be seeking state-of-the-art equipment, designed to encourage adventurous and imaginative play for both tots and teens. This will include the sourcing of inclusive equipment where possible, to make the sites accessible to those with disabilities. 

Rochford District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Cllr Arthur Williams, said: “Having access to green space is important to encourage active, healthy lifestyles and we are lucky in the Rochford District to have so many places for our children to get close to nature. ​

“This investment of up to £1million will provide new play trails and structures for them to run, jump, swing and hang, as they play with their friends. 

“We are specifically seeking to source high quality play equipment and structures, in order that they can be enjoyed by local youngsters for generations to come.”

The programme of works was finalised following an inspection of council play areas, the authority then prioritised the sites with the best potential to offer great play value to local residents. ​

Much of the programme has been financed by new homes for families which have been built in the district over the past few years, for which the Council received a bonus. 

Locations of play areas which form part of the programme: 

Ashingdon Recreation Ground – play equipment (completed)

Sweyne Park, Rayleigh – play equipment (completed)

Hockley Woods – play Eequipment ​ (completed) 

Conway Avenue, Great Wakering – play equipment ​(completed)

Great Wakering Recreation Ground – play equipment 

Hawkwell Common – play equipment ​

Bedford Close, Rayleigh – play equipment

Rochford Recreation Ground- play equipment ​

Little Wakering – play equipment ​

Rayleigh Leisure Centre – consultation on design and relocation of new skateboard park ​

Canewdon Recreation Ground – play equipment ​

Grove Recreation Ground, Rayleigh, – play equipment

Clements Hall, Hawkwell – skateboard park ​

Fairview Recreation Ground, Rayleigh – outdoor ​gym

Hullbridge Recreation Ground – outdoor gym ​

John Fisher Recreation Ground, Rayleigh – outdoor gym ​

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