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New play areas are just what the Doctor ordered!

Milton Keynes City Council is making great progress on two new parks in Shenley Church End, with one based on a famous Dr Suess book!

The City Council’s landscaping team have recently completed building a new play area on Holy Thorn Lane with swings, a roundabout, children’s seesaw, and slide.

Work has now also started on a play area based on Dr Suess’ The Lorax on Pigott Drive.

Children will be able to play in a brightly coloured area that features cartoon-style trees that resemble those from the popular 1971 kid’s novel by the famous American author. There are also plans to install a large climbing frame, slide, swings, trampoline, zip wire and The Lorax’s house.

The City Council will be installing fitness equipment, a basketball hoop & markings and making other public realm improvements such as benches, path resurfacing and landscape work to make the area a real community hub. It is set to be complete in early 2023.

Councillor Zoe Nolan, Labour Ward Councillor for Loughton & Shenley, said:

“Play areas are a key part of children’s lives and it’s great to see that there are major improvements being made in Shenley Church End. We have worked with the community to understand the best approach to improve the play areas in the estate, and we’re pleased to see it all coming to fruition. We recently attended the newly opened play park on Holy Thorn Lane and look forward to seeing the exciting plans for The Lorax come to life!”

Councillor Shanika Mahendran, Labour Ward Councillor for Loughton & Shenley, added:

“The new play parks are just what the doctor ordered! It’s great the City Council continues to invest in these sorts of facilities that will allow generations of children who will grow up in the area to play and create memories, as well as providing other important community spaces for people to come together. I’m so pleased the work has started and can’t wait to see it finished.”