Funding frees up play areas for tots, teens and youngsters with disabilities

Over 20 parks and recreational grounds in Leeds have been given funding to create adventure play zones that target yourng kids, teenagers and children with disabilities.

The Playbuilder project funds the play areas, with layouts, kit and designs worked up by local children and residents.

One of the 22 schemes, at Brookfield recreation ground, Rodley, saw a modern adventure play area with a kit for toddlers and teens.

Brookfield, officially opened last week, boasts a cableway, slide with rope, net bridge, giraffe swing, 5-way swing and roundabout.

Younger children romp on a multiplay unit, garden seesaw, swings with cradle seats and a spinner-bowl roundabout.

One of the main aims of the Playbuilder project is to ensure improved play equipment can be used by children and young people with disabilities.

All the new playgrounds include items of equipment for kids with varying needs. Playbuilder funding targets 8-13 year olds.

Andrew Carter, leader of Leeds City Council, said: "We want to be able to help children make the most of their playtime.

"By providing lots of fun, adventurous and challenging playgrounds across this city we are striving to achieve this goal."

Playgrounds that have opened across the city include Gipton Square, Potternewton Park and Deepdale.


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