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Micklefield Diamond Jubilee play area

Micklefield Recreation Ground had become a featureless and underused space.

Micklefield Regeneration Partnership and Micklefield Parish Council worked together to explore the possibility of turning it into a state of the art play area – something lacking in the village, and a great way to use the space to its potential. With Groundwork’s support they raised the required £150,000 funding from the Big Lottery Community Spaces Programme, the Caird Bardon Community Programme, Aire Valley Homes Leeds (Outer South East Area Panel), and Leeds City Council.

Our Landscape Architects held a series of consultation events, with particular effort made to gather the views of local young people. Their ideas and opinions directly influenced the final design which includes an impressive 10m slide, zip wire, climbing ball, swings, roundabout, and informal play features such as grassed mounds and boulders. Other aspects of the site have also been improved, such as pathways, seating and planted areas.

The combination of traditional play equipment with informal play features - added alongside the previously developed skate park - was chosen to encourage imaginative play and attract a broader range of users.

Joan Auty, Vice-Chair of Micklefield Regeneration Partnership, said: "The Regeneration Partnership has worked together with the Parish Council to respond directly to the young people of the village who wanted us to enhance the facilities in the Recreation Ground. The resulting play area is a fantastic facility for children to enjoy, while parents know they’re bringing their children to a safe environment."