Work begins on creating play area in Belper's new-look community park at Laund Nook

Children will soon be able to enjoy new play equipment at an improved recreation area in Belper.

Thursday, 28th January 2021, 7:59 pm
Artist's impression of how the new play area at Laund Nook will look.

Work has begun on replacing the old play area at Laund Nook in the first phase of transforming the old recreation ground into a community park.

The new play facilities offers a variety of equipment including junior and toddler climbing frame, wheelchair friendly roundabout, trim trail, aerial runway, basket swing, play mounds and a dry riverbed. The play area will have an open natural feel encouraging young visitors to explore their surroundings.

The masterplan for the recreation ground was developed in a partnership between Community Play Spaces (Belper and Milford), Amber Valley Borough Council and Groundwork Greater Nottingham.

Capital funding of £53,000 from the borough council has enabled the first phases of the project. Belper Town Council has committed further funding of £20,000 towards its completion.

Councillor John McCabe, borough council cabinet member for the environment, said: "I am delighted that the borough council has been able to work with the community group, as well as Groundwork Greater Nottingham and the town council to realise the aspirations for this site and I’m grateful to those volunteering their time to engage with the community.

"It is really pleasing to see a new play area which will also significantly improve accessibility and cater for children with a range of abilities. The borough council is committed to the development of public open spaces as it understands the importance of high-quality open spaces to local communities."