Play equipment for disabled children installed in Meriden Park Sports Legacy Zone, in Garston

Watford Observer: Left to right: Euan Barr from Watford Community Housing Trust, Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, resident Lee Keogh and Gareth Lewis from Watford Community Housing Trust Left to right: Euan Barr from Watford Community Housing Trust, Elected Mayor of Watford, Dorothy Thornhill, resident Lee Keogh and Gareth Lewis from Watford Community Housing Trust

New play equipment for disabled children has been unveiled at the Meriden Park Sports Legacy Zone in Garston.

Watford’s elected mayor, Dorothy Thornhill, visited the park to inspect the equipment which was jointly funded by Watford Borough Council and Watford Community Housing Trust.

The new equipment is at the York Way end of Meriden Park, near the two high rise blocks. The "inclusive zone" includes a fenced off disabled swing, infinity bowl, revolve, mezzo, two play orbs, an exosphere, and two play panels with safety surfacing.

Mayor Thornhill said: "I know in the past that some families with children with a disability have felt that there isn’t specific play equipment that they can always use, so I am delighted that we have been able to fund this.

"Watford has led the way nationally with this innovative sports zone, so it is great that we are able to do more. For me this is best explained as a kind of super adventure playground for all ages, which focuses on fitness and sport. It offers residents of all ages and abilities the opportunity to get fit, socialise and have fun."

Tina Barnard, chief executive of Watford Community Housing Trust, said: "The Meriden is one of our heartland areas and we are committed to listening to the community, so when residents told us they wanted accessible play equipment, we were happy to work with Watford Borough Council to make it happen.

"We look forward to residents getting just as much enjoyment out of these facilities as the rest of the Sports Legacy Zone."

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