Manchester City Council

It’s swings and roundabouts (and tower slide) at Heaton Park as the play area gets a makeover

Heaton Park’s play area will get a full refurbishment in the coming months using Clean City funding to improve the popular attraction.

The works will include all of the current pieces of play furniture being completely replaced or restored, along with a small extension to the play area to accommodate some new pieces.

A ten metre high tower slide, one of the play area’s main attractions, will be entirely rebuilt during the refurbishment work.

Inclusive play pieces will be a key addition to Heaton Park’s play offer, with basket swings capable of supporting wheelchair users and a brand new roundabout, which will also have full disabled access.

Heaton Park was given £600k through Clean City funding - allocated in part to Heaton Park from a one-off dividend paid to the city council as part-owners of Manchester Airport Group – that has already been used to improve footpaths, bins and benches – along with a new toilet block at the Farm Centre.

The improvement works at the play area will be complete in time for summer.

Cllr Rosa Battle, Manchester City Council’s executive member for culture and leisure, said: “Clean City funding will continue the improvement work at Heaton Park and the full refurbishment of the play area, which will replace many of the existing attractions, will be welcomed by the many children and families who visit regularly. The introduction of several inclusive rides – including a new roundabout and basket swings – will also give children using wheelchairs the chance to enjoy the space to the full.”

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