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Brand New Play Area and Youth Club for Barton

Children on climbing frame

A brand new play area and refurbished youth centre will be officially opened by Sue Holden and Councillor Mark Lygo, Board Member for Parks and Sports on Friday 16 December.

The new facilities have been provided under the Play Barton scheme and have seen £454,000 invested in the area to improve children and youth services.  

The new play area which was designed after extensive consultation includes a new sand pit for adventure play with timber poles that can be adapted by Play Workers to provide bespoke play features.  
There is also a new fenced off play area with a large climbing unit, new swings, a rotating disc and a cantilever swing.  

Some additional play features are also due to be added over the coming months.

The new play area offers extensive play opportunities for an area that previously had very little provision for children and young people.

Councillor Mark Lygo, Board Member for Parks and Sports, says: “I am delighted that the work has been completed in time for Christmas. It is a great Christmas present for the local children and I hope they will enjoy it over the break.

“We received funding from Oxfordshire County Council to develop this play area as well as the Youth Centre which is a fantastic improvement to the community.

“I’d like to thank Howie Watkins, former Play Pathfinder Manager for Oxfordshire County Council and Alison Partridge, former Strategic Lead for Play for Oxfordshire County Council, who were instrumental in securing funding from the Government’s Play Pathfinder programme.”  

Sue Holden, local Barton resident, says: “I think Oxford City Council have done us proud with this project, and everyone is overwhelmed with the quality of both elements, both the outside play and the internal refurbishment”.

The official opening takes place on Friday 16 December at 3.30pm in the Youth Centre at the Barton Neighbourhood Centre.

The work forms part of the wider Play Barton Scheme which included the youth centre refurbishment within the Neighbourhood Centre.

The youth centre has been completely refurbished, the kitchen has been extended and refurbished with brand new appliances and new work surfaces.

The play hub area has been redecorated and new computer work stations installed.  

A new break out space has been created and the toilets have been refurbished.  

In addition, a new ventilation system has been installed, new lighting throughout, and new IT connections.

The sports hall has also had additional storage added to cater for more activities and new basketball hoops installed to replace old broken ones.  
The work has all been funded by Oxfordshire County Council’s Play Pathfinder scheme and were delivered by Oxford City Council as part of a joint venture.

The budget for the new play area is £150k which forms part of the £454k Play Pathfinder funding that was made available to Oxford City Council via Oxfordshire County Council.  The remaining budget was used to refurbish the Youth Centre.

To find out more information about the improvement programme visit our Play Area Refurbishment Programme page.

Released on Thursday 15 December 2011



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