A huge new £450k park is set to be built in West Yorkshire ready for spring 2023 which is being described as a ‘fairytale’ play park worthy of Harry Potter’s mark of approval.
Opening in Pontefract the park will replace the old park with a complete overhaul adding 30 new pieces of play equipment which is set to transform the area into a magical play area for kids of all ages from early right up to teens.
According to Wakefield Council, it will be wheelchair-friendly with an adapted roundabout, a “you and me” swing seat and a quiet story-tellers circle.
Not only that but there will also be a sensory area for making music, a dragon hunt and a place to make potions for kids as well as a gingerbread house-style trail.
Thew all-new modern park will even cater for the older lot. For teens, there will be a castle on the hill with a huge embankment slide, cableway and giant’s unit nearly nine metres tall.
Councillor Jack Hemingway, Cabinet Member for Environment and Climate Change, said: “We’re investing £1.8m on improving play areas and other park facilities across the district. We recently reopened the play area at Thornes Park after it was given a massive makeover.
“We’re soon getting started on a similar investment at Pontefract Park and then we’ll be moving on to other games and play areas as well. The new play area at Pontefract will reflect its location next to the racecourse and its heritage with the castle nearby.
“We know that families in Pontefract have wanted to see improvements to the play area, and I’m really pleased to be able to say that work is about to start. We expect it to be open in the spring, ready for children to enjoy the fantastic new play equipment throughout the warmer months.”
Colin White, vice-chairman of the Friends of Pontefract Park, said: “The Friends of Pontefract Park are very pleased that the new children’s playground will be completed by next spring. It has an excellent design with lots of exciting play equipment which the kids will enjoy.
“This impressive play area will attract families to visit and enjoy Pontefract Park, making it a ‘go to’ destination park in the district, along with Aspire @ The Park, Peter’s Lost Peregrine Trail and the racecourse.”