Projects aim to get north Leeds active

Playtime: Couns Rafique, Dowson and Taylor with local chidren at the new swing.
Playtime: Couns Rafique, Dowson and Taylor with local chidren at the new swing.
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A special rope swing is the star attraction at a newly revamped popular play area in Chapel Allerton - in one of two new projects aiming to get north Leeds active.

The new ‘Viper’ unit has been installed during renovations at the Woodland Lane site and is the first of its kind in the area. The swing is situated on the banking outside the play area, which now boasts a new toddler climbing unit and a toddler roundabout - replacing the old junior climbing frame. Councillors Eileen Taylor, Jane Dowson and Mohammed Rafique (Lab, Chapel Allerton), who planned the changes with local residents, provided £7,000 of funding for the new equipment. Coun Taylor said: “We know that young people and their parents have been wanting this area improved for quite a while so I’m delighted we have been able to deliver this new equipment.

“The views of residents were vital in helping us decide on the changes we should make and what we’ve installed is very different to anything we’ve seen before. It’ll be great to see people enjoying what’s on offer this summer.”

The improvements are part of an ambition to offer high-quality outdoor activities for young people in the area to encourage more active lifestyles. It comes as more people in north Leeds are encouraged to try out the services of a weekly, healthy café in Chapeltown.

Running each Thursday from 10am to noon at the Polish Centre in the suburb, the cafe aims to bring people to get together, play a game, have a natter as well as take part in physical activity sessions provided by Leeds Let’s Get Active.

Volunteer practice health champions are also available to talk about local services. Tesco, Costco and Morrisons have also pitched in to help provide groceries for the cafe.

Coun Taylor said the café can also help tackle loneliness. “People coming here can also get some support to keep healthy as well as making some new friends,” she said.