Delight in Armley as new play park opens to public for first time complete with zip line

Armley residents have been left delighted by the announcement of the opening of Gotts Park's newest play area.

By Daniel Sheridan
Wednesday, 9th March 2022, 4:45 am

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The new playground is behind the football fields to the rear of Gotts Park.

Work on the park got underway in October 2021 and was completed last week.

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Lou Cunningham visited the park on its opening day

In the meantime, the council installed a play trail next to the existing park for children to access.

Now, the park has been opened with hundreds of families using it in the first days of opening.

Equipment in the new playground includes a zip wire, play boulders and a platform to appreciate the views across the city from the height of the park.

Due to opposition from some residents fearful of safety concerns, a large black metal fence has been placed next to the park to protect from golf balls from the adjacent course.

The former main play area is still in place currently

The play boulders have been installed, while frames for swings and the zip wire are also in place.

Councillors and the 'Friends of Armley and Gotts Park' have fought for a new park due to the decaying old equipment in the existing playground.

Equipment in the new playground is set to include a zip wire, play boulders and a platform to appreciate the views across the city from the height of the park.

Labour Party Councillor for Armley ward Lou Cunningham said councillors were "overjoyed" to have supported the vision of the park with the Friends of Armley and Gotts Park groups - who have campaigned on behalf of the community.

She added: "It was a delight to hear all the children of all ages playing yesterday and to get direct feedback from them of how great they think it is.

"Special thanks go to the Parks teams and the contractors for the planning and implementation.

"Welcome to Armley Park!"

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