A NEW play area is on the way for Greenhead Park.
And kids will be given the chance to say what should be included.
The latest play equipment is set to be installed in the multi-million pound revamp of Huddersfield’s biggest park.
Council officers will work with local schools and youth groups to ask what should be included in the playground.
The exact location of the new play area will be determined in the talks over what to include.
The scheme means the existing playground will be out of action from the beginning of next month.
Kirklees Council officials plan to create a temporary play area to let families enjoy the park during the work.
The restoration of Greenhead Park is now in its fourth month and the latest phase will see workmen move on to the main grassed arena.
A council spokesman said: “The significant programme of work to be carried out in that area necessitates the closure of the play area.
“But the good news is that, because of its popularity, the closure won’t be until after half-term and a temporary play area will be created nearby.”
The current play area will be closed from Monday November 2 and all the play equipment and seats removed.
The temporary play area will be located close to the site of the current play area and will include the swings and one of the climbing frames which are already in the park, together with slides, climbing frames, spinners and springies. There will also be large tree trunks and boulders to add to the play opportunities.
Parks project manager Robert Whittaker said: “the restoration project includes a new play area and, over the next few months, the council and the Friends of Greenhead Park will be consulting with local children and young people as well as visitors to the park to help decide what the new play area should look like”.
Clr Mary Harkin, Kirklees Council’s Cabinet member for Culture and Leisure Services, which manages the park, said: “This is a wonderful opportunity for local people to get involved in helping the Friends of the Park and the council create a fantastic new play area for children and young people, not only from Huddersfield but from right across the district.”
Helen Claydon, who chairs the Friends of Greenhead Park, said: “The Friends are really pleased that the play area will stay open during the half-term holiday.
“It is also good that there will be a temporary play area nearby when the present area has to be closed.
“Children's play is such an important part of the daily life of the park. We are looking forward to 2010 when we can try out the new improved play facilities in the park.”
Anyone wanting to get involved in the consultation should telephone 01484 223180 or email the Friends group at email@example.com