Kidderminster park upgraded

Wicksteed leisure creates safe haven for estate children

The revamping of Borrington Road Park in Kidderminster has brought a welcome change in the quality of life for many residents of two estates. Previously, children ran free in gangs, often indulging in anti-social behaviour. “Ever since the park opened with its new play facilities, it has been packed,” said street warden Rob Kautzner. People on the estates were becoming afraid, but now the children see the park as the place to be, he added. Kautzner and his colleagues at Offmore & Comberton Action Group asked the children what they wanted and the results can now be seen by all. Wicksteed, Wyre Forest District Council’s partner in the supply and installation of play equipment, consulted the action group to successfully provide facilities for all age groups. There are spring mobiles for toddlers, a multi-play unit from Wicksteed’s modular Tropica range for children up to eight and see-saws and swings for older kids. For teenagers and young adults, a multi-use Wildcats Premier Ballcourt and a Wicked Wheel Skatepark are now available. There is also a small youth centre for older users. Funding came from Living Spaces, one of the government-overseen grants schemes, Wyre Forest Community Housing, the council and the Crime Prevention and Kidderminster Youth trusts.

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