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Improvement plans for Stannington Park Playground

Stannington playground in the snow

Improvements will be made at Stannington park to address drainage issues and provide new play equipment, following the recent bouts of bad weather which have left the ground in poor conditions for play.

The exceptionally wet weather over the winter period has caused water logging issues at the park, with the play area becoming very muddy, and a number of local parents have raised concerns about this. This issue has come at a time when the city’s parks and green spaces are being used more than ever as a consequence of Covid-19 restrictions.

Our Parks and Countryside Team are aware of the water logging issues and have been developing plans for drainage and playground improvements. Options to improve the drainage in the playground are being drawn up, but for this to be successful, it is important that’s it’s carried out at the right time.

The work needs to be completed when the ground has dried out and when it will cause least disturbance to children and families. Therefore, we will be aiming for the improvement works to be delivered later this year following the school summer holidays, and before the colder and possibly wetter autumn weather begins.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet member for Culture, Parks and Leisure said:

“Stannington park provides a wonderful space for play and exercise for many local people and families, particularly as we have seen such an increase in use of parks’ facilities during the pandemic. Increased use and the bad weather has presented lots of challenges in our parks and I understand the frustrations of local parents who want to use this playground and cannot. 

“We’ve listened to those concerns and now have a plan in place to improve this much-loved playground for local children and families, which will enable everyone access throughout the year. 

“We want to make the most of this opportunity and will include the renewal of some of the older items of play equipment, which will meet the needs of more families and ensure Stannington Park playground remains a great place to visit.”

Once drawn up, the options to improve the playground will be shared with local people for comment and feedback.

For more information contact the council's Parks and Countryside service at or call 0114 2500 500. Follow on social media @parksheffield on Twitter & Instagram, or @sheffieldparks on FB