Work begins on children’s play area on former St Giles Youth Centre site

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City of Lincoln Council’s contractor Wicksteed has started work on a new play area for Lincoln this week, with work set for completion at the end of July.

The play area, which was approved by planning earlier this year, will replace the former St Giles Youth Centre.

In September 2016 the St Giles Youth Centre suffered catastrophic damage following arson. 

The centre, operated by Lincolnshire County Council (LCC), was used to provide a number of services to the local community. 

Following the arson, City of Lincoln Council worked with user groups to accommodate them within the nearby St Giles Community Centre on an informal basis. 

Since the fire, the land has remained vacant and ownership has now been transferred from Lincolnshire County Council to the City of Lincoln Council.

Once complete, the play park, which was chosen by residents in the area, will include a zip line, swings, slides and other equipment for all ages.

Cllr Bob Bushell, Portfolio Holder for Remarkable Place at City of Lincoln Council said:

“This park will be a welcome addition to the city after the loss of the much-loved youth centre.

“The fire in the area was devastating, however we hope that building this play park on the site will enable us to see something positive rise from the ashes of the former centre.

“This also highlights our commitment as a council to the estate and we look forward to seeing the new area enjoyed in the near future.”


Published on July 7th 2020