New play area with electric equipment opens in Whittlesey

Cllr Peter Murphy cuts the ribbon at the official opening
Cllr Peter Murphy cuts the ribbon at the official opening
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A new style of play area – the first of its kind in Fenland – has been opened at the Manor Leisure Centre in Whittlesey, just in time for the summer holiday.

It includes three pieces of electronic play equipment that combine computer gaming with physical exercise.

Gary Swan and Jess Lockhart try out some of the new equipment

Gary Swan and Jess Lockhart try out some of the new equipment

Called Space, Nova and Rocky, they enable individuals and teams to join in up to 10 games.

The area also includes a cable zip wire, swings, climbing wall and ladder, as well as picnic benches and other seats. It is fenced in and monitored by CCTV.

Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s cabinet member responsible for the environment and open spaces, was joined at this month’s official opening by other district and town councillors, local parents and children, and two Anglia In Bloom judges.

Cllr Murphy said: “I’d like to thank the very many people who have helped to create this exciting new play area.

“It is the only one of its kind in Fenland and the equipment is fantastic. There’s something here for everyone and it’s particularly good for some of the older youngsters. I’m sure it will be extremely well used.”

Former district councillor Gary Swan is one of those who has been pressing for a new play area in Whittlesey for some time. He tried out some of the new equipment with Jess Lockhart, duty manager at the centre.

He said: “This is completely different to the sort of thing we have elsewhere and that’s great.

“You have to work hard on it and it’s also a lot of fun and that’s exactly what you need. So I’m delighted to see it here.”

Funding for the £103,000 scheme has come from various sources.

The district council has put in £20,000 of capital funding with a further £28,000 coming from Section 106 contributions, and Whittlesey Town Council has provided £10,000.

The remaining £45,000 has come from WREN, a not-for-profit business which awards grants under the Landfill Communities Fund, who administer the donations from landfill operator FCC Environment.