Boost for play projects in Leeds

Children play on the street at Gledhow Wood Grove. Picture by Tony Johnson
Children play on the street at Gledhow Wood Grove. Picture by Tony Johnson
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Leeds’ quest to become a child friendly city has been given a boost after a £190k investment in projects to improve play facilities.

Leeds City Council has announced five communities have successfully bid for a slice of the cash, which is part of £3m funding set aside to improve council housing estates.

The projects include a multi-use games and play area in Rothwell, skate parks in Middleton and Horsforth and an informal area in Middleton Park.

Coun Judith Blake, executive member for children and families, said: “Play is an important part of growing up and these communities have identified a need for facilities to allow children to have fun and encourage young people to be active.

“Children themselves have told us that they want places and spaces to play, in all areas and open to all.

“By helping communities to put in place the facilities they want and need we’re taking another positive step to becoming a child friendly city.”

Coun Peter Gruen, executive member for neighbourhoods, planning and personnel, said, by investing in these projects, the council is targeting funding in the right priorities and in what is important to local people.

He said: “By working closely with communities, we can help them achieve their aspirations.

“We want to enable local people to build truly sustainable communities and this funding will not only help bring about improvements to the look and feel of housing estates, but it will improve the quality of lives for residents.”

The news comes after another city project, Leeds Play Network, was given funding by Play England to support parents in setting up ‘street play’ sessions, to encourage children to ‘play out’ and enjoy traditional activities outside their homes.