New £74k play area to open in village

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FAMILIES will soon benefit from a new play area.

The £74,000 facility, designed to increase the amount of safe-play facilities in the area, is nearing completion on an under-used community park in Mundles Lane, behind East Boldon Infants School.

Working in partnership with South Tyneside Council, the Friends’ of East Boldon Parks group helped to design the park as well as secure funding.

South Tyneside councillor Joan Atkinson, a founding member of the Friends’ group, said: “I’m amazed at the dedication of the group.

“This new play area will be fantastic once complete. It’s going to be a real asset to the village and will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The play area will have a ladybird and bumblebee theme and will feature all the playground essentials, such as swings, a roundabout, seesaw and a large multi-use frame and fitness trail. There will also be picnic areas and seating.

Louise Rea, of the Friends of East Boldon Parks, said: “This project will deliver an exciting, welcoming and safe interactive free play area for children up to the age of 12. It will encourage physical activity and imaginative play, promoting healthy living and respect of the environment in which we live.”

The work is being done by G and B Civil Engineering, and is expected to be completed ahead of the summer holidays.