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New play trail opens at Sandall Park

Sandra Crabtree, chairman of Friends of Sandall Park. She is pictured in front of the pond at Sandall Park.  (Picture: CHRIS BULL D4309CB)

Sandra Crabtree, chairman of Friends of Sandall Park. She is pictured in front of the pond at Sandall Park. (Picture: CHRIS BULL D4309CB)

Young visitors to Doncaster’s Sandall Park can look forward to an egg-citing time this Easter with the introduction of a new play trail.

The new equipment will cater for children aged two and upwards, including those with disabilities or learning difficulties and will enhance the existing popular adventure trail with climbing apparatus, balancing beams and a mini slide, as well as wooden seating.

Safety fencing has been installed as part of the project, along with a weeping willow tree to grace the area.

The play trail is designed to improve children’s balance, fitness and strength, while encouraging socialising and exercise through play.

Funding for the project, which has been spearheaded by the Friends of Sandall Park, has come from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded a grant of £14,173 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The need for younger children’s play equipment was identified through surveys conducted by the friends group. The friends also observed through visiting the site and speaking to park users that the existing adventure trail, which was also funded by Veolia, is over-populated seven days a week and needs to be expanded.

Chairman of the Friends of Sandall Park, Sandra Crabtree, said, “We are delighted that work is complete and look forward to the celebrations.

“The additional play equipment will provide a play area like no other in Doncaster. It will be a valued centrally-located, accessible facility where able bodied and disabled children can play together.”

Veolia Environmental Trust chairman Oswald Dodds said: “These improvements will enhance the adventure trail, making it a safe place where children and families of all ages and abilities can enjoy active, outdoor play.”

 

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