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Work starts on adventure playground for all ages

Work has started on a state-of-the-art playground in the Alver Valley country park, with fun and adventure for kids of all ages.

The site will have special zones for toddlers, juniors and older children, with a mix of traditional play equipment, fitness trails and challenges, surrounding a central hill fort. A major feature will be a 12m tower with three tube slides.

It will also have a shared zone for all ages, a picnic area, and grass recreation areas.

Construction of the Gosport Borough Council project follows a consultation to find out what local residents wanted. The playground is expected to open this autumn.

The toddler zone, which will have a colourful safety surface, will include a climbing boulder, springy sit-on animals, a log swing, a roundabout, swings, a slide and a climbing frame.

The junior zone, for ages five to nine, will include an agility trail, an 11m slide, a rope swing, a log swing, a see saw and a climbing frame.

The older children's area, for ages 10 to 14, will include two 30m zip wires, a fitness trail, climbing boulders and a climbing ramp.
The new play area will be on the western side of the country park, close to the roundabout on Cherque Way in Lee-on-the-Solent. 

Cllr Graham Burgess, Chairman of the council's Community Board, said: "This will be an amazing playground, fun and stimulating for all ages. It will be safe and fun for the little ones and challenging and exciting for the older ones.

"The whole area will be landscaped so it blends in with the rest of the country park.

"This project comes on top of a lot of other work we've done in the park, including providing a BMX track and fishing lake. We've also done a lot to enhance the natural habitats in the park, which is an important haven for wildlife."

See our Alver Valley pages for more details.

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