Crowds packed the newly extended and refurbished play area on the Recreation Ground in Stowmarket to celebrate its official opening on Friday 27th October.

The Mayor of Stowmarket, Councillor Dave Muller, opened the play area and children were not only able to try out the new play equipment but were also able to try their hand at circus skills, have their face painted and receive a balloon model.

Councillor Deputy Town Mayor Ms Linda Baxter, who led on the project said ‘I think the new layout works brilliantly and ties the whole play area together.  It is lovely to see it being so popular already’.

The Town Council invested £40,000 in the improvements to the site and received an additional £10,000 from Mid Suffolk District council. The main feature of the play area is the innovative double cable ways which allows children to race each other – it is believed to be the only one of its type in Suffolk.  New swings were added, along with a seesaw, multi play unit and roundabout.

The inclusive design means that it is suitable for children of all ages and abilities.