Artists impression of the play area in Alfreton Park

Work on new Alfreton Park play area expected to finish in July

Posted by: Laura Hammond

Fri 30th June 2023

Work to create a new play area in Alfreton Park is expected to be finished this month, Derbyshire County Council has said.

The provision of the new play area was agreed as part of Derbyshire County Council’s plans to rebuild Alfreton Park School.

The school, for children aged two to 19 years old with special educational needs and disabilities, has now moved into its new purpose-built site elsewhere in Alfreton Park and officially opened in May.

However, work on the play area is still to be completed.

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The new play area is set to be built on the former school site, offering a picnic area, toddler play area and a zip wire. There will also be a play area for older children.

Derbyshire County Council has confirmed that it expects the work to be finished mid-July after being delayed by the weather.

A spokesperson for Derbyshire County Council said: “The rebuild programme for Alfreton Park Special School was agreed with a two phase approach. Phase 1 was to rebuild the school on the former playground land. The school is now built and was officially opened on May 19, 2023.

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“Phase 2 was to provide a new play area on the former school site, which will include swings, a zip wire and other play equipment together with seats and tables. We had hoped that this would have been finished by now, but due to extremely wet and then very dry weather this has delayed the grass seeding.

“We are now expecting the play area to be finished by mid-July.

“We’d like to apologise for the delays to everyone who is waiting to use the new play area.”

Picture credit – Wynne-Williams Associates

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