Pudsey: New play park ‘should open for October half-term’

Installation work on the new playground is continuing. Photo: Simon Seary

A Pudsey councillor has said that the long-awaited play area in Pudsey Park is expected to be open for October 2022 half term.

The playground has been closed since May as part of a a £260,000 package of improvements. This has included the removal of all existing equipment with the exception of the spider web, which is still in good condition.

As WLD reported in January, plans for the historic park include doubling the number of swings, a new roundabout and a climbing tower.

Posting on social media, Cllr Simon Seary (Cons, Pudsey) said: “The council should be finished with the hard tarmac surfacing [this] week and then we have to wait for the contractor to install the rubber soft play surface under the equipment. This could take 10 days to complete and then the play equipment needs to be attached and signed off.

“Unfortunately we are still waiting on the fabrication of the new fencing around the site, but this can be installed after and will not delay the opening. The expectation is that it will be open for October 2022 half term.”

Funding for improvements will come from section 106 funding, which are contributions paid to Leeds City Council by developers when building new homes in the Pudsey ward.

Work was due to start earlier in the year, but was delayed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, leaving some park users frustrated by the lack of play equipment during the school summer holidays.


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