Coventry & Warwickshire

Delay to Coventry's War Memorial Park play area opening

Closed play area
Image caption The new play area was expected to open in time for the Godiva Festival

Delays to work on Coventry's largest park mean it will have no junior play area for the Godiva Festival and the start of the school holidays.

Work on the £50,000 play area at the War Memorial Park was supposed to start in April but started in June.

Sheila Adams, vice-chair of Friends of War Memorial Park, said there have been a number of hold-ups, including the knock-on effect of council cuts.

It is hoped the play area, for under eights, will be reopened on 29 July.

Mrs Adams said: "There have been various delays. The council basically have got rid of a lot of clerical staff in this financial year and that has had a knock-on effect on everything else."

It was originally expected that the play area would be ready for the Godiva Festival on 1-3 July, which attracts thousands of people to the park.

The investment is part of a 12-month, £2.8m project to improve facilities.

With funding from the National Lottery Parks for People programme, about 30 different projects have been carried out over the 121-acre park.

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