WORK is now complete on three new play areas across Coalfields area of the city.

New equipment for a range of ages and abilities has now been installed in East Rainton, at Quarry House Lane Play Area and Elemore View Play Area.

The new upgraded parks offer swings and see-saws, as well as inclusive roundabouts and inclusive springies, which allow children to get on and off by themselves.

Sunderland City Council worked in partnership with Landscape Design Services who designed the sites.

Councillors James Blackburn, Iain Scott and Claire Rowntree at the play area at Quarry House Lane, East Rainton.

Sunderland City Council’s deputy leader, Cllr Claire Rowntree, said: “It is fantastic to see work complete on these play areas, which will provide a safe, inclusive and exciting place for the children of the area to meet and play.

“Initiatives to improve the health and wellbeing of all our citizens is a priority so this development is a welcome addition to the area.”

Councillors Juliana Heron and John Price at the play area at Kier Hardie Street, Houghton/Fence Houses?

Kier Hardie Play Area has also been completed in Houghton-le-Spring, with upgrades to the existing play area and introduction of new safety surfacing, swings, inclusive springies, and roundabout.

Section 106 developer contributions secured from land at Markle Grove (Avant Homes) and land North of Redburn Row (Persimmon Homes) was used to facilitate the delivery of the works.

More play areas across the city are set to be upgraded this year, with work due to be completed on nine play & urban games facilities in the west of the city.

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