New play area for youngsters

Representatives from Wakefield council, Airedale Neighbourhood Management Board, Airedale Academy, Oyster Park Primary school, WREN, NHS and contractors, gather for the opening. p306d243

Representatives from Wakefield council, Airedale Neighbourhood Management Board, Airedale Academy, Oyster Park Primary school, WREN, NHS and contractors, gather for the opening. p306d243

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A NEW play area for Airedale youngsters has opened following a £65,000 revamp.

Dunderdale Crescent playground received an equipment makeover after more than 500 residents were asked for their comments on the area’s design.

Dunderdale Crescent play area officially opens after an �85k revamp.'Oyster Park Primary pupil Casey Rowlands enjoys one of the new swings.'p306b243

Dunderdale Crescent play area officially opens after an �85k revamp.'Oyster Park Primary pupil Casey Rowlands enjoys one of the new swings.'p306b243

Wakefield Council secured the much-needed cash to transform the dilapidated facility into a safer environment for toddlers and young children.

Coun Maureen Cummings, council cabinet member for the environment and communities, said: “This will be a great asset to the community and will give children somewhere they can be safe and active.

“We wouldn’t have been able to transform this play area if it wasn’t for the support of WREN, Wakefield NHS and the community.

“This is a great example of what can be achieved by working together.”

The project was officially opened by students from Oyster Park Primary School and Airedale Academy, Airedale councillor Yvonne Crewe, and representatives from Airedale Neighbourhood Management Board, WREN and Wakefield NHS.

The scheme was part financed by WREN – a not for profit business that awards grants to community projects – and from Wakefield NHS which had identified Airedale as one of three priority neighbourhoods showing high levels of overweight and obese children.

Health bosses hope the new play area will encourage children to increase levels of physical activity and enjoy a healthier lifestyle.