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Hillyfields play park progresses

Date: 26/06/2008           Category: Greenspaces

Children in Gillingham will soon have somewhere exciting to play. Work is about to begin on the development of Hillyfields Play Park in Gillingham. Following extensive consultation the play area will be transformed with some exciting pieces of play equipment and interesting landscaping. There will be a mixture of traditional and natural play, with swings and slides, challenging climbing nets and natural play pieces with mounds, boulders, tunnels and a sandpit. The site has been designed to be all-inclusive, with a roundabout specifically for wheelchair use, and a slide large enough for adults to use with children. The park will also include poetry paving, written by local young people who live within walking distance from the park. Designs and ideas produced by pupils at the nearby Saxon Way Primary School inspired a ‘nature’ theme, so look out for animal tracks and a spiders web. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe said: “We are looking to create a high quality and flagship play area which will transform the park. “Working in partnership with Groundwork we are able to deliver a project which meets the needs of the local community.” The project is being undertaken by Groundwork Kent and Medway on behalf of Medway Council. Funding has been secured from a developer contribution from the Gillingham Riverside Development on Pier Road, Gillingham and from Biffaward, a multi-million pound environment fund which uses landfill tax credits to support community and environmental projects throughout the UK. The project will be complete by the end of the year.