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New park and playground for Wisewood’s Spider Park

People in Wisewood will soon have a new space to play, relax and enjoy the outdoors, as Sheffield City Council has approved funding to develop a new park and playground at Spider Park. 

For the last few years people living in the area have been asking for improvements to the park, on the site of the former Wisewood School, and consultation has previously been carried out to establish the type of play facility that could be provided.

The plans from this consultation work will form a starting point for the project and further engagement will take place among local people, to review this important work for the Wisewood community.

The new park is the last piece of the jigsaw for leisure opportunities in the Wisewood area, after Wisewood Leisure Centre and the on-site pitches were developed in recent years.

Councillor Mary, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure, said: “I’m thrilled that we can finally progress this project. People in the Wisewood area have been asking for this new park for some time and now we have overcome the hurdles and are off on the final stretch. 

“This park will serve the whole community, so it’s important that we review and refine the design with local people, because we are determined to get this right. 

“We want to create a haven where local people can get outdoors, have fun and enjoy some fresh air and I’m really excited to see how this develops. I’d like to thank local people for their patience and the local councillors who have continued to push for this development on their behalf.” 

Councillors Mary Lea and Bob Johnson on site at Spider Park

The site for the new park and playground is on the corner of Rural Lane and Laird Road between the Riva Project (community café) and the Wisewood Leisure Centre. The pocket park style site will form an important part of the local area, complementing the existing facilities and services available in the surrounding community, which will bring this development to completion.

Councillor Bob Johnson, local ward councillor in Hillsborough, is delighted that the park will now be developed. Bob attended the old Wisewood School and has worked alongside fellow councillors and people in the community to make these plans a reality.

Sheffield City Council will begin engagement and design work to develop a scheme that meets the needs of the local community, fit for the available space, and which can be delivered within the available budget.

This development work will take place over the coming months. The council will inform local people as plans progress, working with the community, local councillors and stakeholders.

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