A new play area in Greenhead Park will be ready for the summer holidays.
That’s the pledge from Kirklees Council following concerns over the delays in creating the new children’s playground.
Part of the park has been sealed off for many months and there have been concerns about an apparent lack of activity on the site.
Local parents who attended a consultation meeting about the plans last October have been worried about delays in getting the play area in use.
One said: “The original playground that was there was only temporary but proved very popular.
“It was removed to do some drainage work but the site has now been fenced off for 12 months, with work half finished.
“I was told they hoped to complete it by April”.
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The council had started installing wooden play equipment but then had a change of heart.
Officers revealed details of a replacement plan, with a spokeswoman saying last September: “The council is keen to ensure that the new play area meets the needs of families with young children.
“The basic structure will remain but will be softened with planting and overlooked by gentle grass mounds which will allow parents to supervise their children whilst they explore and play.”
A spokesman for Kirklees Council said today: “Since Autumn we have been talking to the Friends group and users of the play area to make sure we understood what people wanted.
“These discussions have shaped the design and to make sure we had it right we went back out to them around four weeks ago for a final check.
“This new design will soon be signed off by the council and Friends group, with the aim being the play area will be fully open to children and toddlers for the summer.
“We will place information around the park to let people know what is happening as we get closer to the opening.”