Troopers Hill play area opens

November 08 2016

RESIDENTS came out in force to celebrate the opening of a new £80,000 play area at Troopers Hill Field.

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RESIDENTS came out in force to celebrate the opening of a new £80,000 play area at Troopers Hill Field.

The colourful event included a procession led by Avon Glen Pipes and Drums which wound its way from the historic Troopers Hill Chimney.

The fenced play area, built over a four week period in September and October, followed a long process of consultation and fundraising by Friends of Troopers Hill.

They were supported by a small group of parents and Bristol Parks, which managed the work. 

Boasting a four-seater 'springer', climbing wall, activity trail, wooden train with tracks, the fenced play area has already proved a huge hit with youngsters from the area.

There is also a memory swing where an adult and child can swing together facing each other as well as 'talking flowers' that children can use to talk to each other.

Further attractions include low benches and a grass area with mounds for picnics or active play.

Among the guests were members of the neighbourhood police team who had supported the application for funding for the park.

Sergeant Darren Warr said: "It was great to see so many local people out enjoying the new play equipment. The smiles on children’s faces said it all.

"There was a real need for a play park here and I’m pleased we were able to play a small part in helping to make it happen. Neighbourhood police teams are part of their communities and we will always do what we can to support local initiatives which can help to prevent crime and keep communities safe."

The Friends of Troopers Hill secured funding from a range of partners including the St George Neighbourhood Partnership, Veolia Environmental Trust and Suez Communities Trust (formerly known as SITA Trust when project first started).

The play area was designed and installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds.