Children get to grips with new play area

Filey Mayor and Mayoress Richard and Jacqui Walker cut a red ribbon on the centrepeice of the new �100,000 playarea at Filey Country Park. Helping is 3 year old Bobby Jackson with mum Liz(right of Mayor), the daughter and grandson  of Aileen Newbury(2nd right).  Picture by Andrew Higgins  113265a
Filey Mayor and Mayoress Richard and Jacqui Walker cut a red ribbon on the centrepeice of the new �100,000 playarea at Filey Country Park. Helping is 3 year old Bobby Jackson with mum Liz(right of Mayor), the daughter and grandson of Aileen Newbury(2nd right). Picture by Andrew Higgins 113265a
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IT really is child’s play for youngsters in Filey after the opening of a new £100,000 adventure area.

The natural play facility, in Filey Country Park, features a challenging wooden course for children through various testing obstacles.

The play area, funded through £50,000 grants from the North Yorkshire Playbuilder scheme and Scarborough Council, was officially opened by Filey mayor cllr Richard Walker, before a host of children got to grips with the course.

Tom Mutton, North Yorkshire programme manager for Groundwork, who helped make the play area a reality, said it offered youngsters’s a fresh challenge.

He said: “The opening of the play area was a fantastic occasion and because it was part of the Safety Fun Day made it an even bigger and better event.

“We were delighted the mayor could open the facility and he said a few words about how valuable such a play area is for Filey.

“The facility gives children a new challenge.

“A lot were getting bored with the traditional swings and roundabouts and now enjoy doing things like climbing trees and making dens which this new play area incorporates through natural play.

“Another aspect of the facility is that its wooden structures blend in with the area and once the new trees start to grow fully it will fit right in.