A new and improved locally funded zip-wire was unveiled at Pitsmoor Adventure playground in Burngreave last Wednesday by BBC Radio Sheffield’s Paulette Edwards.
The new zip-wire is the latest exciting addition to the community ran playground and was made possible as result of fund-raising action by the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground charity, including the children who use the park.
The playground, which is 50 years old this year, was revived in 2013 when the group took control of it from the council and the zip-wire is the latest part of their development work.
Demand for the zip-wire came from the children who visit the playground, with the old zip wire distance deemed too short. The group extended the ride from 25 meters to 30 meters.
The building work was undertaken by Steve Pool, a local resident and internationally recognised artist Patrick Amber, along with local children who helped with the painting of a dragon which is displayed at the front of the ride.
Reception to the zip-wire has been excellent and Adventure Playground manager Patrick Meleady, 53, says that it’s already amongst the children’s favourite rides.
“It’s really popular and there’s pretty much always a queue for it, the children love it.
“We extended it because we wanted to make it more exciting and adventurous and we’re really happy with how it’s turned out. It’s not often you find a playground with a bit of kit like this.”
You can see what it’s like to ride the zip-wire in the video below:
Alex, 9, who visits the playground regularly said that the ride “Is more fun now. It’s faster, higher and longer”.
The playground, which is operated by playworkers and volunteers, is free for children to use and is open most days. The facility frequently holds craft sessions and food making workshops.
Playworker, Sarah-Jane Truman, said: “[these workshops are great] to encourage inclusivity of all ethnicities in the area and it provides a creative safe-space that children otherwise don’t really have”.
For more information, you can visit the Pitsmoor Adventure Playground Facebook page.