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Play boulder vision becomes reality

Play boulder vision becomes reality

Pupils from Colmers School in Rednal have made the grade as rock stars after their designs for an exciting new play facility became reality.

Lord Mayor of Birmingham Michael Wilkes joined the youngsters at Lickey Hills Country Park as the new Play Boulder was officially opened to the public.

Working with Birmingham City Council’s Landscape Practice Group, Colmers pupils produced designs and models for the £65,000 facility which was funded by the Birmingham BIG Lottery Fund through the Community and Play Service.

And the finished play boulder, now open to the public, will benefit up to 200,000 children every year.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said: “The boulder is a fantastic addition to the play facilities at Lickey Hills Country Park and the pupils from Colmers School can be proud of their efforts.

“Their design and the hard work they have put in will benefit thousands of children. Thanks must of course also go to The Big Lottery Fund.”

Councillor Sue Barton added: “As Northfield representative for Children and Young People, I am delighted that the Play Boulder has been sited on the Lickey Hills. This boulder, has been designed by young people for young people and I am sure it will be a great asset for the south of the city of Birmingham.”

Last year, The Big Lottery Fund Children’s Initiative allocated £3.3m to Birmingham City Council to deliver core elements of the Birmingham Play Strategy over a three-year period.

The Council has since developed a wide range of play projects including the Lickey Hills Boulder Project, aimed at children aged 5-13.

ENDS

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For further information, please contact Geoff Coleman on 0121 303 3501

  • Category: Local Services
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  • Issue date: 26 October 2009