Bilton park a hit with youngsters following £120,000 makeover

Colin Horton (right) joins ward councillors Mike Stokes (Left), Peter Butlin and Cllr Dr Mark Williams.

Colin Horton (right) joins ward councillors Mike Stokes (Left), Peter Butlin and Cllr Dr Mark Williams.

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Plans to revamp a Bilton play area proved child’s play - thanks to a little help from junior school pupils.

The Freemantle Road play area had become rundown and unpopular, leading ward councillors to call on the council for a revamp.

So the council joined forces with pupils at Henry Hinde Junior School to draw up plans for a makeover.

Work on the £120,000 revamp was completed in time for the school summer holiday, and the new look play area has proved a hit with children and families.

Cllr Dr Mark Williams, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for sustainable environment, and ward councillor for Admirals, said: “It really is a pleasure to see so many children and young people enjoying the new play area.

“The play equipment is a vast improvement on the old play area, and it is no surprise to see families coming from across Bilton to play here.

“The new equipment is exciting and encourages adventurous play,” Cllr Williams added. “Frankly, I had a little bit too much fun trying it out.”

The redevelopment was funded by Rugby Borough Council, who worked with Henry Hinde Junior School and Kova Landscapes on the design. The play area was built by JP Landscapes.