London Borough of Barnet

Mayor opens new Mill Hill Park playground

Published Wednesday 7 March 2012

The Mayor of Barnet is set to officially open Mill Hill Park's newly renovated playground today (Wednesday 7 March)

The play area has been redeveloped in partnership with the Friends of Mill Hill Park, who approached the council in the summer of 2010 about replacing the old play equipment which had come to the end of its life.

The council pledged to pay for the installation costs for the new equipment if the Friends of the Park obtained funding for the equipment.

The Friends group were successful in obtaining £50,000 of funding for new equipment from Groundwork UK and the Big Lottery Fund’s Community Spaces programme last August to redevelop the playground for three to seven-year-olds. The council added a further £20,000 to install the new equipment which included climbing frames, a pirate ship, slides and swings, and a train. The fenced play area was also extended.

This second phase of improvements complemented a £60,000 grant ward from the Short Breaks Aiming High Capital grant to provide equipment to improve opportunities for play for disabled children, which was primarily focused on the free play space outside the fenced area.

The Friends of Mill Hill Park is organising a free party in the park to celebrate the renovation of the playground on Sunday March 25 from 2 to 4pm.

The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Lisa Rutter, will cut a ribbon to officially open the playground on Wednesday 7th March at 4pm.

Councillor Brian Coleman, Cabinet Member for Environment, said: “This is an excellent example of the council working closely together with a local community group to provide funding and support for their proposal to replace old play equipment. I am pleased we have been able to help our residents gain such an excellent new play area. "

The Worshipful the Mayor, Councillor Lisa Rutter, said: “I’m delighted we’ve been able to work alongside the community to help provide a fantastic new play area which is already proving incredibly popular with local residents.”

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