New £50,000 play area for toddlers opens in Oakham

Official opening of the children's play area at Royce's Playing Field, Oakham, by the High Sheriff of Rutland, Bart Hellyer. Also pictured with the High Sheriff are Oakham town councillor Joyce Lucas and Oakham deputy mayor Adam Lowe. 'Photo: MSMP191012-003ow
Official opening of the children's play area at Royce's Playing Field, Oakham, by the High Sheriff of Rutland, Bart Hellyer. Also pictured with the High Sheriff are Oakham town councillor Joyce Lucas and Oakham deputy mayor Adam Lowe. 'Photo: MSMP191012-003ow

Children and parents are celebrating after the gates to a new £50,000 toddler’s play area opened in Oakham last week.

The redevelopment of the area at Royces Playing Field, in Princess Avenue, is now complete.

The High Sheriff of Rutland Bart Hellyer was on hand to officially open the new playground along with dozens of delighted children and parents on Friday.

The work began last month and was undertaken by contractors Wicksteed Leisure after Oakham Town Council borrowed the funding to start the project.

The makeover includes a variety of new play equipment for children up to the age of seven and a new roundabout that can be used by disabled and able-bodied children.

Coun Adam Lowe, the chairman of Oakham Town Council’s planning and parks committee, was delighted at the opening.

He said: “The whole area is for youngsters and families and we are very pleased it’s up and running.

“It is bigger than it was before and everything is now on one level.

“Another great thing about the development is that it caters for everyone. It’s adapted so both disabled and able-bodied children can enjoy it. It’s a huge investment at just under £50,000, but we wanted to invest and we’re delighted with the outcome and what it offers.”

The redevelopment of the site took four weeks to complete.

Coun Lowe added: “This project has taken time to put together but now it is finished it will provide a much needed facility in the area for parents or carers and their children. Along with the older children’s play equipment that is already there and the refurbishment of the Fitness Centre, Royces Playing Field will continue to be used and enjoyed by a wide range of people.”