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Children are making the most of new and improved play equipment following the makeover of two popular play parks in Fenland.

The play areas at West End Park in March and Main Road, Parson Drove, have been revamped following a £60,000 investment from Fenland District Council.

In West End Park, the play area has been extended with four new attractions added – a pendulum rope swing, a ‘you and me’ adult and child swing, a jumper square and a ‘WeHopper’ rocker. The area’s rubber surface has also been replaced, and new picnic benches are being installed shortly.

esting out the new pendulum rope swing at West End Park are, from left, Cllr Peter Murphy, Cllr Jan French and Adam Garford, Think Communities Place Coordinator for Fenland at Cambridgeshire County Council. (52778397)
esting out the new pendulum rope swing at West End Park are, from left, Cllr Peter Murphy, Cllr Jan French and Adam Garford, Think Communities Place Coordinator for Fenland at Cambridgeshire County Council. (52778397)

In Parson Drove, some of the older equipment was removed and replaced with new attractions including a tractor play structure, a four-man seesaw, carousel, swing with shell seat and somersault bars.

The makeovers were made possible by using money set aside by Fenland District Council under Section 106 agreements, which is contributed by developers as part of planning agreements.

Councillor Peter Murphy, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “Play areas are important community assets, so it is important that we set money aside to keep them up-to- date, safe, and popular with families and children of all ages. These refurbishments are part of our ongoing work to upgrade our play areas.”

Pictured at one of the new attractions at Parson Drove play area are from left, Hilary Buckby and Tania Cook from Parson Drove Parish Council amenities committee, Cllr Peter Murphy, and district and parish councillor for Parson Drove, Cllr Gavin Booth. (52778388)
Pictured at one of the new attractions at Parson Drove play area are from left, Hilary Buckby and Tania Cook from Parson Drove Parish Council amenities committee, Cllr Peter Murphy, and district and parish councillor for Parson Drove, Cllr Gavin Booth. (52778388)

Councillor Jan French, deputy leader of Fenland District Council and town and district councillor for March West, said: “The play park in West End Park is incredibly well-used by residents so I’m delighted that it has been refurbished and had new equipment added. I’m sure children will spend many more happy hours here.”

Cllr Peter Murphy pictured on the new WeHopper rocker at West End Park with Oscar Garford (5). (52778392)
Cllr Peter Murphy pictured on the new WeHopper rocker at West End Park with Oscar Garford (5). (52778392)
Some of the new equipment at Parson Drove play area. (52778381)
Some of the new equipment at Parson Drove play area. (52778381)


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