●● A NEW playground has opened at Bollin Grove.
The area contains a host of new equipment including a Woodland Forest Spinney for stretching, climbing and sliding and a ‘Tom Thumb’ climbing frame for toddlers.
There are also new swings, multidirectional roundabouts and spinners and a double zig-zag twister.
Arthur Dicken, chairman of Prestbury Parish council, said the project was important, as children who learned to enjoy the outdoors had ‘a much higher likelihood of becoming adults who enjoyed outdoor endeavours’.
He said: “This is critical as obesity becomes an evergreater national concern and as we must all learn to care for the environment.
“The use of open space to fulfil basic childhood needs – jumping, running, climbing, swinging, racing, yelling and rolling is what childhood is all about.”
Coun Dicken added that children’s lives today are ‘more contained and controlled’ and that outdoor environments fulfilled their basic needs for ‘freedom, adventure and risk-taking’.
He also said the design of the play area facilitated the supervision of children and that the equipment ensured safe play.
There will an official opening of the playground and the date of this will be provided on the Parish Council website and noticeboards and on social media.
The Parish Council would like to thank those who contributed to the playground’s funding including WREN, Prestbury Amenity Society, Prestbury Village Hall, Macclesfield and District Lions Club, Manchester Airport, Cheshire East Council and individuals.