£250,000 proposed for York’s play areas

York’s play areas could receive a huge £250,000 investment next week, with new proposals being put forward to Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, Cllr Darryl Smalley.


In the new proposals, it is suggested that £150,000 is used by the Council to survey York’s play areas, in order to identify which parks require the most improvement and assess the scale of the works needed.

A further £100,000 will also be ring-fenced for a ‘Community Challenge Fund’, which will provide part or match funding for local communities to carry out larger refurbishment schemes or even build new play areas. If agreed, the window for applications will open by April 2020.

The £250,000 investment will build on the Liberal Democrat Manifesto commitment to invest in play equipment across the city and give York’s young people a better start.


Cllr Darryl Smalley, Liberal Democrat Executive Member for Culture, Leisure & Communities, commented:

“Ensuring we have excellent play areas across the city is crucial in supporting our communities and most importantly, providing safe places for young people to enjoy themselves.”

“The proposed £250,000 investment will go a long way to identifying the works needed across the city to improve our play areas and will also support local community groups in making big improvements.”

“I am pleased that we have already have swung into action on our manifesto commitment to improve York’s play areas; working to stop the slide in the quality of our play provision.”

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