Friday, 20 February 2015

Axwell Drive play area is a joint £75,000 initiative between Northumberland County Council, Blyth Town Council and Active Northumberland.


A new play park in Blyth is in full swing after its official opening.

Axwell Drive play area is a joint £75,000 initiative between Northumberland County Council, Blyth Town Council and Active Northumberland.

The area had been in a poor state of repair but has been transformed after funding by Councillor Susan Davey and town councillors Bob and Margaret Parker, through the small schemes fund.

Axwell Drive is the second playpark in the town to undergo a transformation – after  the creation of an outdoor gym and activity area at Briardale Community Centre on the Cowpen Estate in October 2014.

Another play area on Burns Avenue, Blyth, will be completed later this year.

The Axwell Drive play area includes a range of equipment for all ages including separate play spaces for toddlers and juniors.

The brightly coloured equipment is aimed at making the facility more appealing for parents to bring their children and includes swings, a see-saw, a roundabout and multi-play climbing units, a banana slide, and a  PANNA court   - which is  a small football area.

Councillor Grant Davey, leader of Northumberland County Council said: “It is wonderful that we have come together to provide this invaluable play area for local youngsters and I know it will be well used by the local community. 

 “Careful thought has gone into the design of play equipment so it appeals to as many people as possible and it’s a great focal point for the community.  

“I’m sure this new facility will be enjoyed by thousands of children and their families, particularly as the nights start to get lighter.”