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Revamps for local play areas

Three local play areas are getting revamps to make them more fun for local families.

The new-look playgrounds will have more opportunities for challenging activities, and will cater for a wider range of ages and abilities.

At Kings Road Open Space, work is already under way. The play area is being refurbished and extended with new equipment for high-activity play, and more items for younger children. New equipment will include an abseil-style 'track rider'. There will be a themed castle play space for toddlers and a junior play tower. The play area has been closed to allow the work, but is expected to be open in early April or before.

At Tukes Avenue, there will be a new 'teen zone' designed to provide challenging activities. Equipment will include climbing blocks and an exhilarating 'cliff rider', which allows kids to 'pole-vault' from one platform to another. There will also be a new fitness zone, with outdoor exercise equipment, suitable for teenagers and adults. The new area could be finished by early May, and a closure of the playground is not expected to be necessary.

At Walpole Park, the play area will be refurbished and new equipment installed. This will include equipment such as sensory items and a wheelchair carousel. Also planned is a pirate ship and a rotating interactive boat. The popular outdoor gym is being moved and fitted with new equipment. The work is likely to mean a closure of the play area for about three weeks, some time after the Easter holidays, with completion due in late May.

The council's head of Streetscene, Stevyn Ricketts, said: "It's really important for local families that children have safe places to play, with modern equipment that challenges them and helps them develop - while having lots of fun, of course. I'm really glad we can improve what these three areas offer and expand their appeal."


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