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Toddlers test new play area

The new-look Howe Bank Play Area in Kendal

A playground has re-opened in Kendal as a strictly toddlers-only zone.

South Lakeland District Council (SLDC) began transforming the Howe Bank Play Area especially for the under-fives after listening to the views of local parents, grandparents and carers.

Toddlers enjoying their new play area

A year after public consultation began the area has had a £45,000 makeover which involved resurfacing and the installation of new play equipment.

Cllr Jonathan Brook cuts the ribbon at the re-opening

The official re-opening was performed by Councillor Jonathan Brook, one of three SLDC ward councillors who had supported the project.

“Going out to public consultation on the future of four parks in the Kendal Parks area involved listening very carefully to what local people had to say. The overwhelming feeling was that toddlers needed a place of their own, specifically designed to suit their needs.

“I’m delighted to say that Howe Bank Play Area is now a colourful and happy place filled with the sound of small children having fun in a very safe environment,” said Cllr Brook.

Two year-old Arthur Clifford tries out the play equipment

SLDC’s Councillor Chris Hogg and Councillor Doug Rathbone, who also represent the ward of Kendal South and Natland, supported the project and attended the re-opening ceremony.

“With this delightful play area now finished, and work progressing well to improve the play facilities for older children in nearby Kendal Parks Road, it shows the council is listening to what residents tell us and investing in facilities which the local community needs,” added Cllr Brook.

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