Opening the Coopers Meadow Play Area
On Friday, 2 November and appropriately during the half term holiday, our Town Mayor, Councillor Lisa Farrell, used a pair of golden scissors to cut a bright red ribbon and declared our upgraded play area at Coopers Meadow open. Lots of children and their parents and carers dashed in to try out the new exciting equipment which includes swings, a jungle climber, a firefighter’s pole, climbing ladder, slides and more.
The winter sunshine added to it all and it was clear that our young customers gave their new play area the big thumbs up. It was all the more enjoyable for children and their families with free face painting and goody bags to take away.
Coopers Meadow has strong connections to the Cooper family and Cllr Mark Cooper, Chairman of the Amenities & Opens Spaces Committee, played in the meadow himself when growing up. His parents, Maurice and Rosemary Cooper came along to watch the opening ceremony too.
The Town Mayor, who has been working with Cllr Cooper towards this upgrade for some time, said: ”I‘m delighted that the Town Council was able to secure funding for this exciting and much-needed refurbished play area. Cooper’s Meadow is a wonderful open space for our community and having a fabulous play area for young families and their children to have fun in has been a real ambition of ours.”
The play area cost just over £50,000 and has been mainly funded through developers S106 contributions and payments from the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL). Creative Play (UK) Ltd, through a competitive tendering process, won the contract to build the play area under the guidance of Project Manager, Michael Carter of Sports and Play Consulting Ltd.
You can read more about the Meadow here