Work to start on Leyburn play park improvements

An artist's impression of how the improved play park.

Officials say work will start on improvements to the play park at the Shawl in Leyburn this week.

Work is expected to take around four weeks and the area will be closed while the new equipment, paths and picnic benches are installed.

Leyburn Town Council says it hopes the new play area will be completed at the beginning of August.

The improvements include an in-ground roundabout, trampoline, rope swing and castle on the hill.

The town council announced earlier this year it was proposing to spend £60,000 on the play area, with a public fundraising appeal being launched for ten per cent of the total.

The aim of the project is to make better use of the space by creating a more varied and inclusive play area.

The plans aim to create an area which can be enjoyed by children of all ages and abilities.

The first phase of the project is proposing to:

  • Remove the majority of existing play equipment and surfacing (the zip wire, roundabout and toddler slide will be kept and repainted)
  • Design a new play area to improve the range of facilities, equipment and making the Shawl Fields more accessible to everyone.
  • Install new equipment
  • Create accessible paths leading to all the play equipment

Plans are also being discussed for future phases to improve the whole Shawl Playing field.