NEW PARK!!! BRAND NEW PARK!
Any parent who has taken their kids to a park will know how amazing it is to visit a brand new playpark – there is no obscene graffiti, no broken swings, no peeling paint, no ‘potholes’ in the rubber surface. Driving up the Ravenhill Road the other day I glanced to my left and spotted some new wood poking up above the hedge, where yellow and red metal used to reign. “Ooooooh” I thought, “that looks like some kind of fancy new fort type thing in the park, I must check it out tomorrow.” So the following day, kiddies were strapped into the car and off we went, expecting to find one piece of new play equipment.
How overjoyed I was to find a completely revamped, rebuilt, brand new park. Little B was pretty happy too. We visited 4 days before their launch party, so I’m presuming we were amongst the first visitors. There is plenty to occupy an adventurous 3 and a half year old. There are three wooden ‘fort’ areas with climbing, bridges and slides – one for very little people, one for slightly biggers, and a third for older kids. There’s a set of swings for babies and toddlers, and another set with normal swing seats. There’s see-saws, and one of those big pyramid spider web climbing things.
In short, it’s lovely. Currently pristine, and a pleasure to take your kids to. There is plenty of parking, and playing fields beside the playpark if you need to run them ragged. Well done to Belfast City Council ‘Parks and Recreation’ department (probably not the real name but I love the TV show). Now please come and do up Orangefield Park’s play area because it’s a state and there’s pieces of equipment in there that friends in their late thirties played on when they were children!