New play equipment to enjoy this Easter

07 Apr 2017

New play equipment at Riding Dene Play Area in Mickley has been installed and is ready for children to enjoy this Easter.
 
The new pieces have been funded through the Tesco Bags of Help initiative - which saw the project securing £10,000 in a vote by shoppers, and well supported by the residents of Mickley.
 
A Gondola rope end swing and a zip wire will provide exciting new play opportunities at the site for local children to enjoy.
 
The site at Riding Dene currently has a football pitch, a basketball hoop, a rotating see-saw and play equipment suitable for small children. Older children however found they have little to play on, and so said they would like to have new equipment more suitable to their age group.
 
Students at Mickley First School.were involved in helping to develop the scheme, with partners, and helped to chose the equipment.  The school also helped to organise a consultation event and aided communication with the local children about the project's progress.
 
Andrew Hudson, headteacher at the school, said:  “We are delighted that the play equipment is now installed and ready for use. The children have really enjoyed being part of the process of choosing it and they will enjoy the new facilities for many years to come.”
 
Paul Jones, Director of Local Services at Northumberland County Council said:  “Our team has been pleased to coordinate the purchase and installation of this new play equipment, which will be a very welcome addition to the council’s recreation area at Riding Dene.
 
“I congratulate the school and the local community on this initiative.”