Oxford City Council revamps Manzil Way play area

Published: Monday, 6th March 2017

Oxford City Council has started work on an £18,000 revamp of play equipment at Manzil Way in East Oxford.

The work, which began on 20 February, will see two outdated climbing frames replaced with a large multi-functional climbing frame.

The new climbing frame will feature balance challenges, slide bars, a rope bridge, hoop and rope climbs, a slide, and fireman’s pole.

The work, which will also see new safety surfacing installed in the play area, is set to be completed later this month (March).

All the other play features within the park will remain accessible during the installation.

The improvements are part of a 10-year project that will see the City Council invest £1m to improve play areas across Oxford until 2023.

Oxford City Council has a corporate objective to improve sports and leisure opportunities in the city.

Recent work has included the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, £4.5m pavilion refurbishment programme, £4m Rose Hill Community Centre, £500,000 contribution to the Oxford Spires Sports & Fitness, and £316,000 of fitness trails across Oxford’s parks. The City Council is also developing a £5m new sports park near Horspath.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “I am really pleased with the design of the new climbing frame, which will enhance play opportunities and make the park more appealing to children.

“We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Oxford residents, and making it as easy as possible for people of all ages to keep fit.”