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Hillsborough Park Playground Reopens With New Slide and Obstacle Course

Hillsborough Park's new Snake Slide
Hillsborough Park's new Snake Slide with Councillors Bob Johnson and Mary Lea alongside Friends of Hillsborough Park's Christine Welburn. (Photo: Sheffield City Council)

New attractions now open at popular Sheffield park playground.

Snakes Head Slide at Hillsborough Park Playground

The popular playground in Sheffield’s Hillsborough Park has reopened complete with a number of improvements.

The first phase of a bigger redevelopment of the playground has completed with the opening of a brand new snake-themed slide and obstacle course.

Damaged playground apparatus has been removed and replaced also as part of this initial phase of improvements.

“I think we can all agree that this first phase of improvements has already made a huge difference to the playground and I know that local people are very excited to start using the new equipment.

“Parks have been a lifeline for people during this pandemic, for leisure, fun, exercise and fresh air and we understand now more than ever just how important it is that we continue to invest in our fantastic green spaces.”Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure

Playground improvements made with the help of the Friends of Hillsborough Park

The £50,000 worth of improvements came with the collaboration of Sheffield City Council’s Parks and Leisure department and the Friends of Hillsborough Park community group.

Residents and visitors were provided with three different options at an event in Hillsborough Park’s Walled Garden and the popular choice was adopted.

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Funding was raised from a number of different avenues, including Public Health funding and a donation from the Tramlines Festival, which is held in Hillsborough Park.

“The Friends of Hillsborough Park are excited that the first stage of the playground renovation is complete. The new equipment lifts the whole park and the snakes head is stunning. Local families and children deserve to have such an innovative play area. We look forward to the communities’ support for fundraising towards the next phase of development.” Christine Welburn, Friends of Hillsborough Park

Further improvements coming to Hillsborough Park

Hillsborough Park is increasingly growing in its designation as a ‘destination park’ with further improvements to come.

An all-wheeled bike track is set to be built, whilst the Hillsborough Library’s old Coach House is in the process of being converted to a dementia-friendly cafe.

“Hillsborough Park has always been one of the city’s most loved parks, and with the new improved playground, plus our plans for phase 2, the All Wheeled bike track and Coach House community café next year, it is going to be a real destination for recreation in 2021.”Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure

Visitors are reminded to utilise Hillsborough Park Playground space and equipment in line with current coronavirus guidance and restrictions.

“Hillsborough Park is real local gem, meeting the needs of so many people of all ages. With the first phase of playground improvements now complete, including the great new snake’s head slide, it’s brilliant that we can reopen and welcome families back on to the play equipment.

“This was designed in partnership with local people, so we’re really pleased that they can now enjoy the benefits of this investment and look forward to developing phase two with the local community firmly at the heart of it.”Councillor Bob Johnson, Cabinet Member for Transport and Development and local councillor Hillsborough ward

“We have been very fortunate with phase one to be able to use some of the Public Health money committed in this final year of investment, as well as a generous donation from Tramlines and other funding projects, which we are extremely grateful for. We can’t wait to get started on plans for phase two which will provide an outstanding play facility for thousands of children across the city.”Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure


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    23 December 2020 at 18:57

    Great to see that projects like this are still going on in our current situation! 😀

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