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New play area's been designed by experts - KIDS! RECREATION: Delighted youngsters help pounds 2m project to upgrade facilities in Nuneaton.

Byline: By Sian Powell

YOUNGSTERS at a Nuneaton school have helped to design a new play area in Stockingford.

It's the latest in the borough to be transformed under a huge improvement programme.

Pupils at Croft Junior School were asked to help develop a new play area for the Tomkinson Road recreation ground.

And now it's been built, the children have given it the thumbs up.

The youngsters helped to give the playground its official launch.

A fun day offered the youngsters the chance to test-drive their new playground with the help of the borough council's play rangers, who are supported by a pounds 223,000 lottery grant.

The project is part of the borough's pounds 2million eightyear project to upgrade every play area in Nuneaton and Bedworth.

Along with the Tomkinson Road playground, 17 other play areas have now been transformed.

Councillor Des O'Brien, who has special responsibility for culture and recreation, said: "Playgrounds are a very high priority for the council, which now boasts some of the best play areas around, which reflects our determination to improve facilities.

"As well as being huge fun, they must also be safe, and this has been a key design factor with special surfacing throughout.

"The popularity of the Tomkinson Road play area was a delight to see.

"Like all the others provided under the programme, it is proving a great attraction."

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DS120608PLAY1 READY STEADY PLAY... Croft School pupils watch as their friends Caitland Winfield and Grant Hale cut the ribbon with (from left) Cllr Frank McGale, David Bryden (planning and development) and Cllr Martyn Findley. Pictures: Darryl Smith; DS120608PLAY1 LEARNING THE ROPES... Pupils Lucy Steptoe (left) and Ben Scoffham (right) on the rope frame watched by (from left) Cllr Martyn Findley, David Bryden and Cllr Frank McGale.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jun 24, 2008
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