Plans are in place to refurbish and improve Carliol Drive play area, Carlisle.
Carlisle City Council is planning to install new play and outdoor exercise equipment then completely re-surface the area.
The council is asking local residents what kind of equipment they’d like to see installed and has launched a public consultation. An online survey is also available at www.carlisle.gov.uk/consultations
The closing date for responses is Friday 11 October 2019.
The new equipment will be funded by Carlisle City Council with contributions from Cumbria Waste Management Environment Trust and will include a combination of children’s play equipment and adult outdoor exercise equipment.
Cllr Elizabeth Mallinson, Portfolio holder for Communities, Health and Wellbeing, said:
“We are committed to improving Carliol Drive and would like to hear how residents feel the community resource should be developed. We will make sure that all the new equipment is high quality, robustly built and installed on suitable safety surfacing.
“Access to opportunities for physical activity, either through organised sport, informal recreation or play is essential to combat the health issues children are experiencing due to the lack of exercise and weight issues. Play has been proven to improve and maintain children’s physical and mental health whilst also promoting increased self-esteem, developing confidence and enhancing social skills. Taking part in leisure activities as a family is also beneficial for children because the process helps to model healthy ways to handle stress and emotions.”
In addition to the online consultation, printed feedback forms are also available at Petteril Bank Community Centre and Botcherby Community Centre.
Carlisle City Council maintains 40 children’s play areas, six multi-use games areas, four BMX pump tracks and one skate park. All are free to use and open 24 hours a day.
The City Council recognises the value of providing good quality opportunities for children’s play and has invested approximately £750,000 in replacing and refurbishing 13 play areas over the past four years. Much of this funding has come from grant applications and Section 106 developer contributions.
Plans are in place to continue with a rolling programme of play area refurbishment and replacement as long as funds continue to be available. Additionally, a further two BMX pump tracks are expected to be installed in the next 12 months, one of these voluntarily by members of the ‘Give a Day to Carlisle’ group.
The concept of providing free to use, outdoor equipment for adult physical exercise has been growing in popularity in recent years. A new generation of equipment has become available in the last two to three years, this provides greater accessibility and opportunity for users to adjust the intensity of exercise to suit their ability and ambition.
The City Council installed a cutting edge, next generation, adult outdoor exercise facility at Bitts Park in 2018 and has plans to provide additional similar facilities in carefully targeted areas in future years.