A new accessible play area for children with disabilities was officially opened at Scott Park on Saturday (21st September).
The ceremony was performed by Cllr Ian Boulton, Chair of South Gloucestershire Council, joined by local children who will use the park and their parents or carers.
Cllr Boulton also unveiled a plaque designating Scott Park as a Queen Elizabeth II Field in Trust.
Scott Park is a disabled access specialist park and is one of the most accessible play areas in the south west. The play area features brand new ramped decks and seats that surround its Jubilee celebration tree. The park also features a wheelchair accessible slide, a wheelchair accessible roundabout and a large climbing net. There are also fully accessible toilet facilities.
The improvements have been financed by the Aiming High for Disabled Children Capital Grant Fund, which is managed by South Gloucestershire Council. Landscape architects from the council’s community spaces team project managed the landscaping and play area improvements.
Cllr Boulton said:
“Scott Park is a fantastic resource and facility for families across South Gloucestershire. Having access to outdoor recreational spaces such as this is vital for the health and wellbeing of our communities. The new accessible play area will ensure that people with additional needs and disabilities are able to enjoy everything that the park has to offer too.”
Photo: Cllr Ian Boulton opens the new accessible play area by cutting a ribbon on the wheelchair accessible decks and ramps feature.
South Gloucestershire Council’s Wild4life team provided creative activities for families throughout the day.
The Queen Elizabeth II Fields Challenge was a UK-wide programme to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games, as well as the 2014 Commonwealth Games by permanently protecting as many outdoor recreational spaces as possible.
Photo: Cllr Ian Boulton unveils the Fields in Trust plaque.
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