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Common’s new playground opens to happy faces

Published Tuesday, 25 July 2023
Councillors and HBBC's Green Spaces team are present at the opening of a new play area in Burbage Common
(LR) HBBC Councillors Barry Walker, Lynda Hodgkins, Pete Stead-Davis and Richard Flemming with Robyn Brookes of Eibe Play and HBBC Green Spaces' Andy McGreal, Ben Pipe and Ian Pinfold at the opening of the new Burbage Common play area with children.

Children and families have been celebrating summer at Burbage Common’s new nature-themed playground.

The wooden play area on the Leicester Road side of the Common, next to the café, has enjoyed a rebuild, opening just in time for the beginning of the school summer holidays.

The new playground has a range of fun play equipment, suitable for a range of abilities and for children aged 2-13.

Since the area opened at the weekend, children have been able to enjoy the spider’s web climbing net, a Leda carousel, a large swing set – which includes a nest swing – and rocking play. Children can also hide in the Burbage toddler playhouse, which features a slide and interactive panels, or explore the sensory toys, music play and much more.

There is also nature-themed surfacing, shaped like leaves and flowers, and a range of accessible equipment, including a stand-up seesaw, and a picnic table with wheelchair access.

The new equipment cost £95,000 and was funded by developer contributions and installed by Eibe Play Ltd. 

Executive Member for Parks and Open Spaces at the Borough Council, Councillor Lynda Hodgkins said: “We’re delighted to open the new Burbage Common play area, just in time for the beginning of the school holidays. It’s been great to see so many happy faces enjoying the new equipment, which has been designed to fit in with the beautiful common landscape. From traditional swings and climbing nets to interactive and accessible equipment, there’s something for all children to enjoy here this summer.”