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Getting into the swing of it, in a roundabout way


Children and families will be able to enjoy new play equipment at Matson Park following a £7,000 investment.

New family friendly improvements at Matson Park will consist of swings and a roundabout. This investment will provide a safe, secure and pleasant play area for the community, with new and improved facilities.

Work has already begun on site and it is hoped that the new play equipment will be fully installed and ready for use by Christmas.

The purchase of the equipment is being funded through a county council grant and funds raised by Brendon O’Donnell and the Redwell Centre. Former county councillor Stephen McHale contributed £5,000 from Children’s Activity Fund last year and the city council is contributing funds from S.106 contributions to assist with installation costs.

Community ranger, Brendon O’Donnell, said: “It’s great the council have helped us to secure additional funding to install new play equipment in Matson Park. Like the rangers motto states ‘alone we can make a difference, together we create change’. We’re now trying to secure additional funding for a wheelchair swing. This will positively impact local families and children, allowing them somewhere to get together and enjoy the outdoors.”

Cllr Jennie Watkins, cabinet member for communities and neighbourhoods at Gloucester City Council said “I am delighted that the community is being provided with new play facilities. We are incredibly thankful for Brendon’s hard work in raising funds and dedicating his time to the Matson community. The city council is committed to providing quality parks and open spaces and aspire to offer more inclusive play to give all residents the opportunity to get out and enjoy some fresh air and healthy activity.”

Cllr Nigel Moor, cabinet member for fire, planning and infrastructure at Gloucestershire County Council, said: “I hope families take the opportunity to visit the new play equipment at Matson Park to have even more free fun and the chance to socialise outside in a safe environment.”

Cllr Kate Haigh, county councillor for Coney Hill and Matson, said: “Its wonderful local councillors and the city and county council have worked with Brendon to support this scheme. Encouraging outdoor play from a young age is important in today’s society. By revamping this community facility and making it accessible to all children whatever their abilities, we are helping to give children and their parents more opportunities to enjoy the multiple health and wellbeing benefits of the great outdoors.”


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