£90,000 grant to build play park at Rutland Recreation Ground in Ilkeston with facilities for disabled children
A CHILDREN'S play park is to be built at Rutland Recreation Ground in Ilkeston thanks to a £90,000 grant.
The project will see equipment and facilities installed that will offer play for youngsters, including children with disabilities.
Erewash Borough Council applied for the grant from the Aiming High Fund, which is managed by Derbyshire County Council and aims to support projects that improve facilities and access for children of all abilities.
Councillor Mike Wallis, Erewash's lead member for culture and leisure, said the play park would increase the appeal of Rutland Recreation Ground.
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He said: "It is a great, central location, it has a car park and the site already has a range of other sports facilities. We believe adding this new play park is an ideal opportunity to make Rutland a central 'hub' for sport and play that has access for all – improving, especially, the play facilities for young people with disabilities and additional needs."
The new play facilities will include equipment with special seating, including armrests and height variations – designed for use by people with disabilities and restricted mobility.
The borough council has linked up with Ilkeston's Bennerley Fields Special School so teachers, children, parents and carers can be involved in every aspect of the project, including the final design of the play park, which should be ready by the summer.