A NEW state-of-the-art play area has been opened opposite Wychbold Village Hall as part of a project led by Dodderhill Parish Council in conjunction with Wychavon District Council.
The ribbon was officially cut during an event featuring representatives from the two councils, along with children from local families.
The opening, which marks phase one of the Playing Fields Improvement Project, comes after four years of planning by Dodderhill Parish Council to use some of the district’s Section 106 funding – cash provided by developers building homes in the area.
The next phase of the project is to install a new Multi-Use Games Area (MUGA) adjacent to the play area and convert the existing MUGA into a small games area, initially for table tennis and French boules. Work is due to start next month.
The parish council is planning further schemes, including woodland and nature activities for all ages, upgrades to the village hall and improving the ball games playing area.
Subject to funding, the car park will also be improved and an additional footpath will be installed around part of the site.
Coun Alyson Keane, chairperson of Dodderhill Parish Council, said: “We are so thankful to receive this funding which has allowed us to open a new and improved play facility for the community to enjoy.
“Dodderhill has an exciting future and it is hoped that everyone will enjoy the new facilities being provided.”
Coun Hugh Hamilton, who represents the Dodderhill Ward on Wychavon District Council, said: “It is great to see families enjoying the play area and making use of the new facilities.
“This is just the beginning of many improvements in the area and we will continue to listen to the needs of the residents to provide an enjoyable environment for all.”