New play area opens in the town

A new play area to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee in the heart of Daventry is now open.

The play area features lots of swings, slides and climbing frames suitable for young and older children and follows the opening of the new skate park earlier in the summer.

Work on installing the new play equipment has been taking place throughout August and is now open for youngsters to enjoy.

The £95,000 play area has been paid for with £70,000 from Daventry District Council’s (DDC) open spaces budget and £25,000 from Daventry Town Council, and was built by Hags SMP.

DDCs community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “The new play area is a fantastic way to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and will complement the new skate park as a legacy for young people in Daventry.

“We asked young people what they wanted and have responded by delivering them a first class skate park and play area, so I now hope that they enjoy and look after it for many years to come.”

A public consultation was held earlier in the year asking families what they wanted to see in the new play area and the most popular design was selected.

Cllr Cllr Lynne Taylor, from Daventry Town Council, said: “It’s great that the work has now finished and the exciting playground is ready to welcome the children.

“Daventry Town Council was pleased to work in partnership on the New Street Recreation Ground project, which will be a family attraction for many years to come.”