Shipley Country Park playground opens

Councillor Chris Jackson and children at the new playground at Shipley Country Park
Image caption Derbyshire County Council wants more children to visit the area

A play area designed to attract young people to the Derbyshire countryside has been opened.

The £70,000 adventure playground at Shipley Country Park, near Heanor and Ilkeston, has a 50m cable-way, a big slide, swings and climbing equipment.

Derbyshire Country Council put £40,000 towards the area, with the rest coming from national play funding.

A second phase costing a further £40,000 will be funded by UK Coal, and will start in the summer.

Councillor Simon Spencer, cabinet member for highways and transport, said: "This is part of our aim to encourage as many people as we can to get out there and enjoy the Derbyshire countryside."

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