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New play equipment for Walton Way

The play area at Walton Way has had a makeover with new play equipment for younger children. Children can enjoy the fun new equipment which includes a ‘Calypso Boat, ’rotator’ and two ‘springers’.

James Heasman, Town Council Grounds Maintenance Officer and Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council.

Children’s imaginations are stimulated as they live out adventures out at sea on the ‘Calypso Boat’ which is for children aged 2-6 and allows up to 6 children to play together.

The rotator is for children aged 2 and upwards gradually learning about the fun of speed on roundabouts. Then, as they gain self-assurance, the children can test their sense of balance and test their limits on equipment that combines rotation and swinging. There’s two ‘springers’ to enhance a toddlers' sense of balance too and help them to coordinate their movements, whilst giving older children great fun as they swing.

Cllr Martin Colston, Leader of the Council, said: “As part of the Town Council’s Strategy, we are committed to ensuring safety and quality by implementing a long-term rolling plan for the refurbishment and/or replacement of our playground and other park equipment when it reaches the end of its life.

“I am delighted that the Walton Way play area is now complete – it will be great fun for the local children to explore and have this resource on their doorstep. This innovative range of equipment is designed with both fun and safety in mind.

This work is being funded from Community Infrastructure Levies, which are collected on new developments in the area and are used to improve community facilities."

At the same time while playgrounds remain open during lockdown, local league adults and children’s football matches usually played at the Town Council's City Recreation Ground and Wash Common have been cancelled until the restrictions are lifted.

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