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Summer of fun beckons

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18 May 2016

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Enfield Council is embarking on an £292,000 programme which will see four of the borough’s park playgrounds renovated ahead of the summer holidays.

Enfield Council is embarking on an £292,000 programme which will see four of the borough’s park playgrounds renovated ahead of the summer holidays.

The playgrounds in Lee Road Open Space, Ponders End Park, Tatem Park and Delhi Gardens will all get facelifts and receive new more modern play equipment as well as having remodelled entrances to make them more accessible for disabled children and their families.

Work is nearing completion at Ponders End playground, where the park itself underwent a £1 million facelift three years ago, and has finished at Lee Road Open Space. Work on all of the playgrounds will be completed in time for the summer holidays.

Enfield Council’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: “There is clear evidence that there is a link between play and brain development, developing motor-skills, and developing good social skills and we’re determined to continue to provide first-rate play facilities to help children enjoy, explore and get some exercise all over Enfield – and reap the benefits..

“We’re making it easy for parents to get their children out in the open air and enjoy some good old-fashioned free fun in safe, colourful settings near their homes and with our new look playgrounds due to reopen in time for the summer holidays, there has never been a better reason to get yourself down to your local park to see what you can discover.

”Don’t forget there are loads of fun things to do in our parks for the whole family, so I’d suggest you get yourselves down there and have some fun.”

The government recommends that 5 to 18-years olds should do at least 60 minutes of moderate to physical activity a day and on three days each week the activity should involve exercises to help grow strong muscles. Enfield’s parks and open spaces have facilities including playgrounds, green gyms and sports pitches which can help meet these recommendations.

The government recommends to maintain a basic level of health, children and young people aged 5 to 18 need to do:

  • at least 60 minutes of physical activity every day – this should range from moderate activity, such as cycling and playground activities, to vigorous activity, such as running and tennis
  • on three days a week, these activities should involve exercises for strong muscles, such as climbing, and exercises for strong bones, such as jumping and running

Many vigorous activities can help build strong muscles and bones, including anything involving running and jumping, such as gymnastics, martial arts and football.

Children and young people should reduce the time they spend sitting watching TV, playing computer games and travelling by car when they could walk or cycle instead.

Examples of activities that require moderate effort for most young people include:

  • walking to school
  • playing in the playground
  • riding a scooter
  • skateboarding
  • rollerblading
  • walking the dog
  • cycling on level ground or ground with few hills