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A new place to play for city neighbourhood

New play area.
Councillor Harris with local resident Maisie.
Published on Wednesday, 15th February 2023

Families living near Douro Place are enjoying a new and improved play area that allows children of all abilities to play together, thanks to investment from the council’s estate improvement budget.

Douro Place, close to Pottergate, is home to more than 100 households and the old, basic play area had become tired and untidy. It was put forward as an area improvement by local residents.  

The upgrade has a focus on catering for people of all abilities. Much of the equipment is designed with inclusivity in mind, including additional accessible seating for those supervising children playing.

New equipment includes swings, sensory boards and a castle themed climbing frame, so children can imagine running around Norwich Castle itself. 

The sandy area has been replaced with hard surface, which is more accessible for anyone using pushchairs and wheelchairs, as well has being easier to keep clean.

Local mum of two, Caroline Warvill, said: "It's lovely to have a new play area so close to home that both my children can enjoy, especially during half term."

Councillor Gail Harris said: “The improvements to this play area are a wonderful and meaningful example of our ongoing commitment to enhancing our estates in a variety of ways.

“Play areas like this sit at the heart of the community and have benefits for all ages, and I am particularly pleased to see the attention paid to making sure this is an accessible space.

“I’d urge residents to continue working with our housing teams to identify further opportunities to improve the areas surrounding their homes.”

Douro Place play area is now open and being enjoyed by local children.

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