Children to stage play-in protest over plans to close popular play park

Facility in Palmer Park used by families and now

ANGRY families are serious when it comes to play.

They want to save the popular East Reading Adventure Play Area (ERAPA) in Palmer Park, in neighbouring Reading.

The park and playground sits on the border of the borough and is popular with Earley residents as well as Reading ones.

Reading Borough Council has announced plans to scrap it despite parents claiming it is heavily used by youngsters.

Now families are organising a play-in to protest about the closure which they claim was made behind closed doors.

Parents are angry the council has refused to replace the crumbling play equipment originally built by local people.

Sara Davies of Reclaim Reading said: “The ERAPA playground is not only a valuable resource for kids with disabilities, but for families and children across the whole of East Reading.

“It is heavily used by toddlers attending the Honey Bees day nursery, and by children from play groups run by the Pakistani Community Centre both of which are close to the play area, as well as families from the local area.

“Although it is very popular with local youngsters it is hugely disappointing that the Council obviously still fails to appreciate its value as a community asset.”

The play-in has been organised for this Saturday starting at 10am.

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