The King George V playfield in Exeter has been reopened to the public after undergoing a £14000 revamp. The play park has been given a complete makeover after several months of renovations.
The play park was once voted as one of the most inclusive and accessible playgrounds in the world. For this reason, most of the equipment in the playground has been replaced with new ones. The rest freshened up to maintain the standards.
The renovations were done by Exeter City Council. Part of the funding came from Exeter Mencap through a £10000 legacy donation.
Other play parks remain closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. However, the reopening of King George V playground is an indicator that the government will reopen the other play parks again soon.
The benches in the park were repaired and repainted. Additionally, the sand-pit was topped up with sand, and the springs on the gates are now self-closing after the repairs.
A Flat swing and a basket seat were placed in the park to replace the popular rubber boat chair. Besides the timbers on the wheelchair, the seesaw was also replaced with a plastic deck.
Some of the residents who came to the park immediately after reopening could not hide their joy after seeing the park’s new look.
Alex Barton, a resident, took his three kids to the park immediately after reopening. Mr. Barton hailed the council for the excellent work in revamping the park. He noted that the park is accessible and inclusive for all ages.
Some councilors graced the reopening event as part of the delegation that represented Exeter City Council. Among those in attendance were Cllr Trish Oliver and Cllr David Harvey. Cllr Harvey is the leader of the Committee on Environment and City Management in the council.