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📰 New Play Area in Mayfield Park

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    Mayfield Park play area

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    Mayfield Park play area

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A new children’s play area at Mayfield Park will be opened this weekend by 5 year old Lydia Collins, after her letter to Southampton City Council led to a revamp.

Lydia put pen to paper and wrote to the council about her favourite local park which she felt was in need of a bit of TLC, and let Play Development Coordinator Tony Hill know what she would like to see in the new park. This letter came at a crucial time as Southampton City Council was looking at potential improvements to the play park. 
Following her interest in the development of Mayfield play park, Lydia has been invited along as guest of honour to cut the ribbon at the event and officially open it for other local children to enjoy. The opening event will take place at 12noon-12.30pm on Saturday 22 July.
After being invited to the opening event, Lydia penned a letter to say: “I would love to come because I’ve never cut a ribbon before. I am very excited about the playground because I have peeped at it.”  
The new play space features new play equipment including a climbing structure in the shape of the Supermarine Spitfire which has been specially built for the park by Romsey-based play equipment designer Andy Frost.  The bespoke aeroplane design has been built to match the dimensions of the iconic World War Two aircraft. There is also a range of climbing apparatus, swings and a roundabout for children to enjoy, designed and built by play equipment construction firm Kompan. 
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport, said:
“The new play park at Mayfield, including the iconic Spitfire play structure is a stunning addition to the park and is sure to get plenty of use. We are proud to open yet another excellent play space that will contribute to keeping children active and healthy while they have loads of fun with their friends.” 
Tony Hill, Development Coordinator at Southampton City Council, said:
“What a privilege it is to have Lydia as our guest to open the new play area at Mayfield Park. Her letter has helped us shape a fantastic new resource for the local children and parents to enjoy for years to come. Her letters to us help remind us why we do what we do and work so hard to deliver playgrounds that the city can be proud of.”