At last finally a break in the weather, the grass was growing and the eagerly awaited day had finally arrived at 11.00 on the 27 March 2010 the Medway Mayor Cllr. David Royale opened the first two completed Playbuilder Grant projects, which had helped refurbish and improve the Parish Council owned play area at Cliffe and built a completely new play area for older children at Cliffe Woods. These fantastic play areas were the result of a huge and unique joint venture managed by Medway Council with financial support from the Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council.

In Cliffe an investment from the Parish Council of £39.000 plus £45.000 from the Playbuilder Grant awarded to Medway Council has result in a unique and challenging area with amongst other features a zip wire, basket swing and large climbing frame together with an area for toddlers and new picnic benches so that the whole family and friends can enjoy the great adventures that can be played out in this superb facility. In Cliffe Woods an area designed specifically for the older child has produced a hangon roundabout, twisters and a basket swing amidst other fantastic and innovative features. Both these projects were managed by Landscape Architect Heather Marsh of Medway Council Greenspaces who with the help of the Youth Workers canvassed children and young people for whom the Playbuilder Grant was targeted (aged 8 to 13 years old), to make sure that both the areas actively reflected the users desires for equipment that provides a challenge and is fun to use.

The Cliffe and Cliffe Woods Parish Council also successfully made an application to the Comma Fund for help in funding the Cliffe Woods new play area and Medway Councillor Les Wicks has provided through his ward fund a substantial donation which will also upgrade the toddler facilities shortly.

These facilities provide children of all abilities outdoor play opportunities that are superb and truly imaginative, as you can see on the opening day much fun was had by all. And the Parish Council had organized free light refreshments for all, in appreciation of all the patience shown during the period the play area was closed. The Mayor went on to view the Easter decorations at St Helens Church and his visit to the village is greatly appreciated. Thank you Cllr Royale for the interest you showed in our community and for being such good fun.