Work is due to begin on a new playground at Norfolk Heritage Park following a decision by Sheffield City Council to invest £1.5m.
The park will close for an extensive makeover that will see £250,000 spent on creating a new play area. The overall goal of upgrading the outdoor facilities is to improve parts of Sheffield where the health needs are greatest.
The older children’s play area will be transformed into a woodland adventure play space with equipment suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities, including disabled users. Access to the playground will also be improved, with the provision of new steps and a bridge to provide a better link from the nearby housing estate to the playground park.
The park is Grade II listed on English Heritage’s national register of parks and gardens and will remain closed until March 2018 for work to be completed.
Marge Allen, from Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park, said: “We are really indebted to the Sheffield City Council team for making this happen and consulting with us about their plans for the playground area. The new playground will be an asset to the centre in the park which is a community building and attract more people to this prestigious park and also the café.”
Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, sport and leisure, said: “The closure of the park is necessary to ensure that parents, carers and children have the best playground to be able to stay active and have fun.
“The funding we have committed to the playground will make it one of the best outdoor play spaces in the city and will encourage young people to spend more time outside.
“We want everyone, regardless of where they live, to be able to benefit from an open space where people can run, jog, cycle or come together for a picnic. We all know how important physical health and companionship is for our mental and physical wellbeing.”