All but one children's play area across Canterbury district back in full swing

Contributed by editor on Aug 02, 2020 - 09:00 AM

Reculver play area  Photo: Canterbury City Council


48 out of 49 children's play areas across the district are now open say Canterbury City Council.

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The Council explained: "It has been a far more complicated process than it may seem to the casual observer. We are responsible for 49 play areas - a large number for a district of our size.

"With the safety of children being paramount, they all needed to be properly checked. This included cutting the grass, checking for glass, needles and dog poo, litter picking and inspecting the equipment to make sure nothing had come loose or been vandalised.

"Done properly, it is not a quick process. Sadly, we did not have an army of spare staff available to tackle all of them in one go. We had to work our way through them with the staff we had, prioritising the most popular play areas first.

"We are very grateful to everyone for their patience and understanding, especially with the school holidays now being in full swing.

"We would urge parents and guardians to continue to be guided by government advice, remember the importance of social distancing, be mindful of how many people are already using the equipment and ensure hands are washed regularly."

The small play area in the Dane John Gardens is to remain closed until more detailed repairs to the walls. The City Council plans to replace this play area with a completely new one in 2021.

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