Carlisle's new £140,000 play area officially opens

The new play and sports area
Image caption The new play and sports area has cost £140,000

A new £140,000 sports and play park has officially opened in Carlisle.

The multi-use games area is built on the Old Trinity Church site in Caldewgate.

The main floodlit and fenced area is suitable for football and basketball, and can be used for other sports, such as tennis and rugby.

United Utilities donated £50,000 towards the project as a thank you to residents following a flood alleviation scheme in Carlisle.

Carlisle City Councillor Ray Bloxham, portfolio holder for environment and housing, said: "Providing facilities for our young people helps to prevent the boredom factor and possible anti-social behaviour."

The project was funded by Carlisle City Council, United Utilities' Community Fund and a number of other partners.

John Parr from United Utilities said: "We were working in Carlisle's streets for more than a year but the community was hugely supportive.

"We're thrilled to have been able to give something back, this new games area will be a terrific community resource.

"It will be suitable for all weathers, and will be used for a host of sports, from football to basketball. I really hope people enjoy using it."

This is the city council's fifth multi-use games area in the city.

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