Work led by a community group has started on a major revamp of a neglected Sheffield play park.
Old and unsafe equipment has been removed from the activity area at the Edward Street park in Netherthorpe as part of the project.
As part of the changes, the sloping site will be levelled and resurfaced, and multi-purpose blocks, ledges and ramps will be installed around the edge for use with bikes, scooters and skateboards and for sitting on.
A basketball net will be installed and a fence to stop balls rolling down the hill.
Funding for the scheme, which is being led by Edward Street and St George’s Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, is coming from various sources including the Veolia Environmental Trust which has awarded a grant of £22,500 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Other changes at the site will see a grass bank by the activity area landscaped, with vegetation planted to attract wildlife and provide an informal picnic area for visitors.
Katrina Dyson, from Edward Street and St George’s Tenants’ and Residents’ Association, said: “The improvements to the activity area will help make Edward Street Play Park more attractive and accessible to the whole community, including people with disabilities or limited mobility. It is great that work has started.”
Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “Spaces like this play a vital role in our communities, opening up opportunities for exercise, engagement with the environment and cohesion within the community. I look forward to seeing these improvements take shape.”
The work on the site is expected to be completed later this year.
The Veolia Environmental Trust, which is run by waste giant Veolia, has been supporting community and environmental projects for over 16 years.
Since being established in 1997, the company has provided contributions of more than £55 million to almost 1,700 projects supported by the trust.