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Major refurbishment to play area in the Recreation Ground on 23 April   ()

 Harrogate Borough Council is to start extensive work to refurbish the children’s play area in the Pateley Bridge Recreation Ground on Monday 23rd April.

 The scheme involves replacement of the 2 bay junior swings, 2 bay toddler swings, free standing slide, roundabout, multi-play and spring mobiles. The new roundabout will be flush to the ground and will be accessible for wheelchairs. Additional sensory items will be a rain maker, chimes and a play panel. A new footpath will lead from the gate to the roundabout to ensure that wheelchairs can access the items. The sensory items will be reached from this path. All the impact absorbing surfacing will be repaired and overlaid with green needle-punch carpet similar to that used in Valley Gardens Play Area.

The newer items such as the zipwire, surfboard and overhead rotator will remain as they are. The multiplay, nest swing and the space net will receive an overlay of the needle-punch carpet. All affected areas will be reinstated with soil and grass seed following the works.

 The Recreation Ground was selected for refurbishment as some of the equipment is getting tired and some no longer meets the current EN 1176 standards. This refurbishment scheme will ensure that the play area is fit for purpose and will ensure its provision for the next 20 years. It will also meet Harrogate Borough Council’s objective of increasing the accessibility and inclusivity of its play areas.

 The total cost of this work is £38,805. The funding for this has come from Harrogate Borough Council’s Capital Investment Program. The play area will be closed completely during the works as there will be plant and machinery moving about within the site.