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Durham County Council improves child play areas

Eleven child play areas have been created across County Durham as part of a £563,000 scheme.

The council created the sites and improved facilities at other play areas in line with the government-funded Playbuilder scheme.

Children aged eight to 13 can benefit from new play equipment including zip wires and buddy swings.

A council spokesperson said the improved facilities would help encourage families to be more active.

The new play areas are at Sleepy Valley, Tantobie, Bessemer Park, Spennymoor, Bill Forth Memorial Park, Fence Houses, School Park, Newfield, Dawson Road, Barnard Castle, and West Rainton.

Play areas at Glenholme Park, Crook, Town Recreation Ground, Bishop Auckland, South Moor Park, Stanley, Middleton-in-Teesdale and Richmond Road, Newton Hall, Durham, have been refurbished.

Councillor Bob Young said: "It's so important for local communities to have great play facilities situated in the right places.

"It encourages families to be more active and helps the community come together in a positive way."

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