Photo: Thanet District Council
The children’s playground at Ethelbert Crescent in Cliftonville reopened on Wednesday 1 June, just ahead of the Platinum Jubilee bank holiday weekend.
The play area has been extensively refurbished with new, fully accessible equipment and safer surfacing, and will now be known as Jubilee Play Park in honour of the Queen’s 70 years on the throne.
The exciting new play equipment includes a castle play system, seesaw, spinner bowl, wheelchair carousel and swings which cater for all ages and abilities. In addition, new turf has been laid, the fence and litter bins have been repaired and the picnic table has been refurbished.
These renovations were paid for with grant funding from Kent County Council’s Community Park fund and manufactured and installed by Kompan Ltd.
New equipment has been installed around the existing shrubs and trees to preserve the biodiversity of the area and additional planting will take place later in the year. This will include coastal plants suited to the windy, salty environment, for example hardy and attractive varieties of Tamarisk and Lamb’s Ear.
Cllr George Kup, Cabinet Member for Community Safety & Youth Engagement at Thanet District Council said: “I’m absolutely delighted to see the brand new Jubilee Play Park open to the public, having passed its safety inspection last week. It looks fantastic and I know the positive impact it will have on children’s and families’ health and wellbeing.
“I couldn’t think of a more fitting name for our new play park, which is being opened at the same time as we mark the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
“The more inclusive and accessible equipment will mean that many more children are able to access it, and we hope that local families and visitors enjoy the renovated play area over the bank holiday weekend and for years to come. I’d like to thank residents for their patience while this work has taken place.”
The playground was closed to the public on health and safety grounds in February 2022.
Full details of all the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee events, activities and celebrations taking place across the district can be found at www.visitthanet.co.uk/whats-on/jubilee