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Cheers and smiles as play area opens its gates - photos on request.

Date: 03/12/2008           Category: Greenspaces

The Mayor of Medway, Cllr David Carr, braved the cold on Tuesday, 2 December to officially open the new Pottery Road play area in Hoo. Pupils from Hoo St Werburgh Primary School watched with baited breath as the mayor cut the ribbon, finally allowing them to enter the exciting play area. Year 5 children celebrated by putting their eye-catching decorations on the Japonica trees which have been planted within the centre of the park to celebrate National Tree Week. Baylis Landscape Contractors who were awarded the contract to build the play area also joined in with the celebrations. The park has been completely refurbished and improved, including new provisions for disabled children, thanks to £94,000 of lottery funding. Outdated and worn climbing frames have been replaced with zip wires and giant basket swings. There’s also basketball hoops and nets, climbing frames and slides. Parents can also keep an eye on their children from the grassed picnic area. Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community Services Cllr Howard Doe hopes the new play area will be a big hit with children. He said: “This new play area will provide improved play opportunities for Medway’s children and young people.”