Concrete play park gets new broken glass paths
A couple of weeks ago, we told you about the ill-advised play park in Sunderland that consisted of a load of not-all-that-much-fun concrete slabs. Following the ensuing shit-storm, the local council had a rethink and started removing some of the concrete blocks.
Sadly, it’s all got a bit silly again, and some new paths have been laid… made from broken glass. The Sunderland Echo are reporting that parents have contacted them to say they had cut themselves on sharp pieces of the compacted glass, with the paper’s reporters collecting piles of the jagged glass from all over the park.
The original park makeoever cost £70,000 but replacing all of the dangerous stuff will undoubtedly see that total rise. Julie Gray, head of local community services said:
“Recycled, crushed and tumbled glass is commonly used in paths in public sites across the country, including schools. It brings in colour and vibrancy and was suggested by our designer, in keeping with the historic link to the local glassworks, as a heritage theme of the park that local people said they were keen to see. This included heritage paving tiles which, sadly, were vandalised soon after they were installed into surfaces.”
So it’s the peasants’ fault then is it Julie? We don’t know why they won’t just lay down some landmines in one section and release a live puma into another. Oh, and put in a see-saw – for the traditionalists.