Deputy Mayor opens Wheathampstead play area

A ZIP wire, wooden climbing frame and a fort are just some of the attractions at a newly-redeveloped village play area which was officially recently.

Deputy Mayor of St Albans, Cllr Geoff Harrison, opened the play area in Caesars Road, Wheathampstead, which was reopened followed consultation with local residents to create a facility which met their needs.

It was designed by Groundwork Herts to make the most of the existing landscape and natural surroundings with some areas of landscaping, trees and other planting.

As well as the equipment there is a flat area for informal sport, a network of paths through the site and seating and bins. Existing equipment has been reused including transforming the fire engine into a safari jeep.

The work was funded by the district council, Department for Education, Herts county council and donations from St Helen’s Church in Wheathampstead and St Peter’s Church, Gustard Wood.

The Deputy Mayor said: “This is an excellent example of how local residents and people from a variety of organisations with a united aim can drive a project forward. Thanks to the local schools and steering group members who were instrumental in generating local support for this play area to be redeveloped.”