New play facilities for London Park

Release Date: 06-Sep-2008
Children and young people from the London Park estate in Mirfield now have a healthy outlet for their energies.
KNH Board Member Terry Goodall and young people from London Park at the opening of the play area

KNH Board Member Terry Goodall and young people from London Park at the opening of the play area

Kirklees Neighbourhood Housing (KNH) have just completed a state-of-the-art multi-use play area on the estate. This consists of a fenced court with two multi-purpose goal ends and a tarmac green surface that’s marked out for football, basketball and cricket. Floodlights mean that the court can be used in the evenings.

This is the sixth play area that KNH has installed on its estates. After talking to young people and local residents about what they wanted and would use the most, KNH chose the prefabricated courts because they offer a very flexible solution that give local youngsters something positive to do in their free time.

They’ve proved a great success with young people and adults alike, and have also helped reduce antisocial behaviour.

Rachel Carter, from the London Park tenants and residents association, said: “The ball walls are fantastic and people of all ages are using the new equipment.”

Her views were echoed by local resident Sue Ward, who said: “I think it’s brilliant because it’s an enclosed and safe place to play.”

Sixteen year old Michael Coulson also thinks the new court “is cool – we use it all the time. It’s the best thing that's happened here for a long time."

KNH has made a number of other improvements on the estate including refurbished toddlers’ play areas. A new parking bay to relieve congestion on Northway Gardens is planned for the autumn.

The other multi-use play areas are at

• Ouzelwell Estate, Thornhill Lees
• Nibshaw Lane ,Gomersal
• Birkenshaw Lane, Birkenshaw
• Douglas Avenue, Paddock, Huddersfield
• Lawton St ,Primrose Hill, Huddersfield

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