A £75,000 project to install new play equipment at a Cheadle park is the first phase of a huge transformation plan, it has been revealed.
The new play area at Tean Road recreation ground was officially opened yesterday.
And the duo behind the plan unveiled new plans to revamp other facilities within the park too.
The skate ramp is set to be replaced with a newer skate park including new features such as a bowl, while the tennis courts will get a make-over and the former netball court will be remodelled as a Multi-Use Games Area.
Families across Cheadle welcomed the new play equipment which was open for use over the weekend and officially opened yesterday by Cheadle Town Mayor, Ian Plant.
Cllr Plant joined forces with Cllr Alan Banks to spearhead the transformation project for the recreation ground around 12 months ago.
Plans to improve the park were kick-started by Cllrs Ian Whitehouse and Kate Martin who were behind a bid for funding from Tesco Bags of Help to provide outdoor gym equipment which was installed last year.
Since then Cllrs Plant and Banks have been liaising with Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) as part of a drive to overhaul the park.
Cllr Plant said: “It’s absolutely brilliant for the town and it’s nice to see so many people using it already.
“Me and Alan have been at the forefront with the backing of the town council and we’ve worked together as members of two different groups on behalf of the town.
“I’m really chuffed with it. It was nearly done earlier in the spring, but the weather caused us some safety issues with the turf so we couldn’t open it until we’d sorted that out.
“I think it’s absolutely great. When I was a young lad we had a slide and a roundabout – we’ve come a long way since then.
“We’re going to build on what we’ve started.”
Scores of children were enjoying the new play equipment yesterday as the ribbon was cut at the official opening ceremony.
Cllr Banks said: “It’s fantastic. We couldn’t ask for more. The kids have been involved in actually saying what they wanted on the park.
“They wanted a zip wire so we got a zip wire – it’s no use me saying what they should have – I’m too old!
“The skate ramps are being demolished and a new skate park being put in. The kids are involved in designing what they want on the new skate park. If they want it and they’re going to play on it that’s fine.
“Where the netball court used to be we’re going to have a Multi-Use Games Area, the two tennis courts are going to be done up and come the winter we’re going to get the bowls pavilion done.
Then we’ll be looking at getting funding for changing rooms and showers for the football.
“We want to make sure there’s something for everybody.
“The town council, SMDC and other firms have all put money in and then we’ve got matched funding on top of that, which is how we’ve been able to do it.
“The paperwork side of things goes on and on – it never goes fast enough for me, but it’s definitely been worth it – the kids love it.”
Andy Fynn and Kayleigh Tweedy from Tape Street, Cheadle, were among the first to take their children, Joey, six, Teddy, three and two-year-old Wynter, to enjoy the new play equipment.
Kayleigh said: “It’s brilliant – I’ve never seen it like that down there. I grew up in Cheadle and what we have now is ideal, it’s been needed for a long time.”
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