New £60,000 play area for children in Mildenhall

Children in Mildenhall will soon be able to enjoy a new play area following a £60,000 investment by West Suffolk Council.

The new play at Douglas Park will feature equipment selected by local school children and is to open during the school summer holidays.

It follows the closure of the play area earlier this year after equipment got damaged meaning it was no longer safe to use.

Joanna Rayner, Cabinet Member for Leisure and Culture at West Suffolk Council, said: “Encouraging children to get out and play is great for their health. For parents, grandparents and carers it provides a fantastic free activity to entertain their children and help them let off some of that boundless energy that they have. We have so many great parks and play areas across West Suffolk and through a rolling programme, we are continuing to invest in them for children across West Suffolk to get out and enjoy.”

Designs for the new play area have been shaped following discussions with children at St Mary’s Church of England Academy. The new play area is to be installed in the coming weeks and subject to the weather, it should open during the school summer holidays with local children set to lead the community celebrations.

Andy Neal, who represents the Mildenhall Queensway ward where the new play area will be installed, has welcomed the move.

He said: “This play area will be the very best in Mildenhall. The children themselves have had a great input into the equipment that will be in place. It has been a really engaging community project. Rightly so, it will not be opened by any local dignitaries but by the children themselves. It will be a proud day for the community including the district councillors and we can’t wait for it to be built, ready and open.”

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