THE children’s play area at Lane Head recreation ground, Brighouse, is being refurbished.
Calderdale Council is upgrading 12 children’s play areas some of which have already been done, over five years, starting with the worst first. The Stray at Lightcliffe has already been refurbished as part of the same scheme.
Around £40,000 is being spent on the site in Halifax Road as part of the development which started on Monday, September 10.
The work is expected to last about four weeks.
There will be skip, hop and jump activity pods, a junior climbing frame, an interactive maze graphic and rotofun spinning bowl.
The swings, springies and slide have been retained.
Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said it was a long time overdue. “The park was starting to look a bit tired. We had secured funding through the Playbuilder programme two years ago but that was suspended by the Government two years ago. Now Calderdale Council has secured funding to improve the play area. “I just hope that at the same time as improving the play area they will look at the seating particularly for the elderly that walk around the park.
“There are two ways this can be done. People who want a memorial bench can ask for it to be used in the park because the crematorium is starting to get full or people can just donate money for them.
“I am absolutely delighted with the fact that we have just had the Olympics and now we want to get people out and playing and having decent parks like Wellholme Park and Lane Head people should benefit from them.
“The design of the park is very imaginative and there seems to be a bit of something for everyone of all age groups.
“There is obviously a lot of encourage people to exercise and for children to have fun and I think it is a good design very colourful and I am sure people will be getting a lot of enjoyment from it.”
Among the 12 playgrounds which were set to get a makeover were The Stray at Lightcliffe, Whitwell Green, Elland, Victoria Road, Hebden Bridge, Lane Head, Brighouse, Ashenhurst, Todmorden, Greetland Recreation Ground, Booth Village Recreation Ground, Ainley Top, Elland, St Augustine’s Terrace, Halifax, Higgins Lane, Southowram, Ashtree Road, Mixenden, and Thonrton Road, Rastrick.