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First of six new-look play areas is a hit with children

Acacia Drive play area opening

Youngsters helped Councillor Mattie Ross open the new-look Acacia Drive play area

The first of six revamped play areas was opened in the best way possible – by the children who will enjoy playing there. 

The play area in Acacia Drive, Dursley benefitted from a major makeover, and some of the materials are recycled from old fishing nets.

Stroud District Council Housing Committee Chair Mattie Ross cut the ribbon on the new area, as children and parents and guardians enjoyed music, snacks and bubbles.


Acacia Drive, Dursley play area opening

“Increasing the number, accessibility, and quality of play areas and outside spaces within the district is a commitment in our Council Plan,” said Councillor Ross, who cut the ribbon on the new play area in September. “This is a great example of that in action, and we had a wonderful afternoon with residents who will enjoy the new play equipment for many years to come.”

A total of six play areas are being revamped by Stroud District Council, following public consultation. Contractor Kompan is improving all six in turn. The work for five of the areas is being funded by £300,000 of Contain Outbreak Management Fund (COMF) for local authorities in England to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and support local public health. In addition, Stroud District Council is contributing extra investment to improve Stratford Park's play area in Stroud.


One of the council’s three main priorities is Community Resilience and Wellbeing, and play areas are vital for the health and wellbeing of young children and their families. Equipment which is fun and fit for purpose is being installed in areas which were identified in a survey last year as being in the greatest need.

  Archway Gardens play area
Wharfdale Way play area  

Gloucestershire County Councillor for Dursley, Wendy Thomas, was also in attendance.


The money is Department of Health and Social Care funding through Gloucestershire County Council to help reduce the spread of coronavirus and support local public health. 


The other play areas benefitting are Wharfdale Way in Stonehouse, Archway Gardens in Paganhill, Cambridge Avenue in Dursley and Mason Road in Stroud.



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