The much-anticipated, all-new play area in the Memorial Gardens has opened.
Crawley Borough Council’s newest play area features 15 pieces of brand new equipment, including a wheelchair swing funded by County Mall.
The project also includes the restoration and rehoming of the Queen’s Mosaic, which was previously in Queens Square, to the new picnic area.
Work on the new play area began last year but stopped during the early stages of the pandemic. Work resumed in June and has now been completed.
Cabinet member for Wellbeing, Councillor Chris Mullins, said: “I’m delighted that this play area has opened; it really is a substantial improvement on what was there before.
“It’s been a long time coming but I know that parents and carers will be delighted that they now have a top quality town centre play area to visit. It’s also great to see the Queen’s Mosaic being put to good use in the picnic area.”
County Mall General Manager, Simon Cuckow, said: “We’re honoured to be a part of this project and give back to the community. Our donation for the inclusive wheelchair swing is about more than giving a contribution, it’s about making a difference to children who may not otherwise be able to enjoy the simple pleasures of play parks.
“With this gesture we hope to create an inclusive space that welcomes all aspects of the community to make lots of happy memories together.”
With the opening of this play area, 82 of the council’s 86 play areas have now reopened. The play areas which are still closed are Tilgate Park; Ninfield Court, Bewbush; one of the two at Southgate Playing Fields; and Chichester Close, Tilgate.
The council wants children to have fun in the play area and is reminding parents and carers that the safety of everyone using our play areas is our top priority.
Please follow this guidance:
- All users are responsible for following government guidelines and giving appropriate guidance to children on the use of equipment
- Maintain social distancing and avoid over-crowding
- Wipe down equipment before and after use
- One person or family unit per piece of equipment at a time and allow others their turn
- One adult per family group
- No food and drink please
- Anyone failing to adhere to government guidelines may be asked to leave.
This guidance is also available at the entrance to all of our play areas.
For more information on play, visit www.crawley.gov.uk/play