19 December 2017

Work is set to begin on a new playground at Norfolk Heritage Park following a decision by Sheffield City Council to invest £1.5 million, to upgrade outdoor facilities in the parts of Sheffield where the health needs are the greatest.

Visitors to the playground at Norfolk Heritage Park are being advised to find alternative facilities in the New Year as the site will close for an extensive makeover that will see £250,000 spent on creating a new play area.

The park, which has the rare honour of a Grade 2* (star) listing on English Heritage’s national register of Parks and Gardens, will remain open during the refurbishment.

£250,000 of combined funding, from the council and other partners, will be spent to revamp the existing play areas. 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.

The younger children’s play area will be refurbished into a Family Picnic and Play area with additions including a scooter track for young children, a trampoline and musical equipment.

The work has been welcomed by the Friends of Norfolk Heritage Park voluntary group who, along with local schools and ward councillors, have been involved in the planning and development of the project.

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.”

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.

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.”

The playground will re-open in March 2018. The rest of the park, community centre and café, will remain open. There are plenty of children’s playgrounds nearby and a list of them can be found here, http://www.sheffield.gov.uk/content/sheffield/home/parks-sport-recreation/parks-green-spaces.html