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Play area refurbishments launched with community consultations

The first steps towards revamping the play areas at Rokeby Open Space and Whinfield Recreation Ground are underway with the launch of a consultation for nearby residents and other users.

Cllr Howard Roberts
Cllr Howard Roberts Published Friday, 12th July 2019

At Rokeby Open Space, Rugby Borough Council is considering replacing the play area with new equipment in a new location to the west of the existing site, clear of underground pipes and cables. At Whinfield Recreation Ground a new play area is likely to be provided in broadly the same location. However, plans are in their initial stages and the council is keen to hear feedback from children and young people, nearby residents, or anyone else who may be affected by the plans.

Cllr Howard Roberts, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for the environment and public realm, said: "The play areas at Rokeby and at Whinfield Rec have always been popular and I am pleased that we are now able to begin the process of bringing these valuable community sites up to date.

Recent upgrades like the new play areas at Centenary Park, Newbold, and at Whitehall Recreation Ground, show that it is possible to create exciting, challenging play areas for children and young people within a wider environment that encourages people to spend more time out doors.

"Plans are at an early stage, and I'm looking forward to seeing what ideas the community has for these sites."

Following the initial consultation the borough council will work with partners to create a masterplan for each site. There will be more opportunities for communities to feedback later in the process.

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