Council shuts ‘glass path’ park

A Sunderland children’s park featuring a path made from crushed glass has been closed after being dubbed a death trap by worried parents.

The city council has ordered the “decorative surface” to be removed after complaints from parents they had cut their hands on the shards of glass. The park has been closed until urgent work has been carried out, the council added.

The Diamond Hall Pocket Park, designed to be “minimalist”, has been criticised by parents for its lack of play facilities. Parents hoped the council’s £70,000 would be put towards traditional facilities such as climbing frames and swings, but instead they were provided with concrete block ‘play features’.

Julie Gray, Head of Community Services, said: “The city council is working with the landscape designers, the main contractor and their specialist sub contractor, who laid the surface, to resolve the recent problem.

“Contractors were due on site this morning to remove the decorative surface which will be replaced as soon as possible.

“Health and safety at all our parks and play areas is of paramount concern and all reports of public concern are taken seriously.

“We hope that once it is completed Millfield Pocket Park will become another valuable community asset successfully provided through the Play Pathfinder project.”

It’s often stated that safety compliance is just a cost burden, but in this instance an increased level of safety awareness would have prevented unnecessary expenditure.

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posted on September 20, 2010
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