Let the play begin at Kingsmead Field

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Canterbury’s newest children’s play area opened at Kingsmead Field in November.

The £50,000 play area, funded by the city council and contributions from developers as a result of granted planning applications, is near the entrance to the field next to Riverside Children’s Centre.

Children from the centre joined the chairman of the council’s Community Committee, Cllr Neil Baker, and representatives from the Friends of Kingsmead Field, to cut the ribbon and declare the play area open. The children, who had been involved in choosing the design and layout of the play area, then got the chance to have the first play.

There are 15 pieces of equipment, including a basket-style swing, rockers, a climbing unit, balance beams and plenty more. Following a tender process, it was built by play company Eibe.

Cllr Baker said: “It was a lovely opening event and the children were very keen to get playing on their new equipment. A play area was a clear priority from the public consultation we carried out on how Kingsmead Field could be improved so it’s great we have been able to provide something the community wanted.

“The play area follows other recent enhancements by the council, including the picnic benches, the perimeter footpath and new cycle racks. Together with the hard work by the Friends group to look after the field, we are creating one of Canterbury’s finest open spaces.”

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