ALMA PLACE

Gloucester City Council is to invest £50,000 to refurbish another of its children’s play areas, this time at Alma Place in Linden.

The city council currently manages 42 play areas across the city and in the last six years, working in conjunction with local communities, has invested over £1 million in updating and renewing over 20 sites, to help keep them safe and exciting to use.

The design for the site includes play equipment items chosen by almost 200 local school children, after consultation with the nearby Linden Primary and St Paul’s Primary schools, as well as residents and ward members.

The three city councillors for Moreland ward, Terry Pullen, Mark Hobbs and Neil Hampson have also allocated some of their members’ funding to install two new picnic tables in the play area.

Work will start on site in early April, taking around 3-4 weeks to complete. The site will be closed and fenced off during this time.

Amongst the new items to be installed will be play cars, springers and a play house for toddlers, plus an overhead ‘track rider’ which is similar to a zip wire.  A five-seat swing frame and a roundabout will also be installed.

Some existing items, including baby swings, two climbing frames and a multi-use games area will be retained and refurbished.

Cllr Terry Pullen said: “It was really important for me to give funding to this project because Alma Place play area is a great way to get young people exercising and socialising with friends.”

Cllr Mark Hobbs said: “The two new picnic tables will be great for families to enjoy the play area and spend quality time together as a family.”

Cllr Neil Hampson added: “I would like to thank all the children at St Paul’s and Linden Primary school who gave their ideas about what would be good for the play area. I know it will look great when the work is completed.”

Cllr Jennie Dallimore, Gloucester City Council cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods, said: “Gloucester City Council is committed to the improvements of play areas in Gloucester to ensure children can have fun and socialise outside in a safe environment.

“The city council are funding the work and have prioritised Alma Place play area to make sure the children can enjoy it as soon as possible.

“We are pleased with the feedback from the community on the proposed play area refurbishment.

“The new equipment has been ordered and we look forward to the improvements taking place in April. I hope that all the young people and families enjoy the play area.”

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