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Hanley Park's 'innovative' play area 'first for Stoke'

A new £200,000 play area in Hanley Park is the first of its kind for the city, Stoke-on-Trent council has said.

The facilities, created by the council, were designed for all children, including those with learning difficulties and physical disabilities.

The park's play equipment includes a wheelchair-adapted activity unit, a sensory walk and a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

A Big Lottery Fund grant of £188,768 was used to complete the work.

'Play side-by-side'

Stoke-on-Trent City Council said the play area, which took five months to complete, followed consultation with the public.

Jane Blizzard, from the Aiming High Parent Forum, said: "It has been fantastic that parents have been involved in the design of the park.

"The designers have listened and really taken on board the issues that arise when you are the parent of a child with a disability."

The city council said Hanley Park was chosen for its central location.

Sharon Menghini, director of children and young people's services, added: "The new play area links in well with existing facilities, so that able-bodied children and those with disabilities can play side-by-side."

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