Airport windfall to pay for Manchester playground upgrades

Playgrounds in 70 parks across Manchester are to see improvements come April thanks to investment from an airport windfall.

Manchester playgrounds win funding. Image: Pixabay
Manchester playgrounds win funding. Image: Pixabay

The £600,000 of improvements will be paid for by Manchester City Council's £14.5m Clean City fund, which was provided as a result of the Council's shareholding with Manchester Airports Group. The money is a one-off windfall which can only be used for unique projects.

Some playgrounds, such as those in Queens Park in Harpurhey, Roseberry Park in Moss Side, Chorlton Water Park , and Philips Park in Clayton, will receive comprehensive makeovers.

Some 80 new individual pieces of play equipment, ranging from large play modules to individual springy play items, will be installed in parks across the city.

Others will receive deep-cleans, new benches and bins will be installed in other playgrounds to improve cleanliness and provide comfortable places for families to sit, while existing play equipment will be painted in other parks.

The work will start in April and is expected to be finished by September.

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