New Penrith play area swings into action

Date: Monday 13th November 2017
Robert Walker, chairman of the Carleton Park Development Group, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new play area at High Carleton, Penrith.
Robert Walker, chairman of the Carleton Park Development Group, cuts the ribbon to officially open the new play area at High Carleton, Penrith.

FAMILIES at Penrith’s High Carleton celebrated the official opening of a new £45,000 play area in Carleton Park.

The project is the second play area improvement at the park carried out by Eden District Council working in partnership with the Carleton Park Development Group.

The aim was to improve the range of play equipment in the park and deal with any drainage issues on site to provide year-round access for all age groups from toddlers to teenagers.

The Carleton Park Development Group was established in 2012 and worked with the council to install a ball wall and tarmac playing surface with pitch drainage on site. However, local residents wanted to further improve the area.

The additional project involved getting public views on providing a range of play equipment, which was supplied and installed by Wicksteed and included an early years multi activity unit, spring rocker animals, a basket swing, a rotating swing, dual axis roundabout, a multi activity climbing unit with bannister slide and new seating.

The site of the additional play area also had problems with drainage, so to make sure it could be used year-round, tarmac paths have been laid to allow park users to access play equipment.

Ian Parker, Eden District Council’s leisure services officer, said: “The completion of this project is excellent news for the community of High Carleton. The members of the Carleton Park Development Group have worked closely with the council in all aspects of design and should be congratulated for their commitment to this project and their efforts in securing all the funding.”

The project received funding support from Eden Community Fund, Cumbria County Council, Cumbria Waste Management Environmental Trust, Cumbria Community Foundation, Cumbrian Homes, Persimmon Homes, Pallister Co, Hadfield Trust, Penrith Town Council and Pride in Penrith Lottery.

Robert Walker, chairman of the Carleton Park Development Group, said: “We are a voluntary organisation and will continue to liaise with the district council about future improvements to the site. We would welcome more local residents becoming involved in the group’s work. Please contact us through our Facebook page if you wish to get involved.”