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Youngsters have a say on play

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Published by Roisin Rowley-Smith for Riverside in Communities and also in Environment, Housing

Children from Belle Vale in Liverpool are invited to have their say on how a local green space should be developed at a special event this Friday 17 February, 2pm until 4pm, at Sarum Park in Belle Vale.

Riverside is ploughing around £150,000 into developing the park, which is currently underused and dilapidated.  The social landlord is asking children which types of play equipment they would like to see, as well as opening a competition to rename the park and design a sign for it.

The development is the first of a wider £5 million environmental project to improve public spaces in the Childwall, Netherley and Belle Vale areas of the city.

Elise Watson is Riverside’s neighbourhood manager.  She said:  “Our green space strategy for the area sits alongside a major new building programme to provide 500 more affordable homes for rent and for sale over the next five years.  We’ve been talking to residents to find out their preferred use of outdoor spaces in their neighbourhoods.  And we are keen for children to have their say, especially on play equipment.”

The event is free to children of all ages who live in Belle Vale.  Winners of the name the park competition will be announced next Tuesday, 21 February at a follow up event in the park.

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