New play area for the Beeches

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New play area for the Beeches

Local children and families in the Beeches are getting a brand new play area. Work to remove the old equipment and put in a new path has just started. The play equipment is being delivered next week and will be installed as soon as the turf has established.

The park is scheduled to be reopened in mid-April, depending on the weather.

Cllr Chris Ryder, council member for quality of life, says: “I am sure the children of Charlton Kings and visitors to this wonderful amenity will have many hours of fun with this newly installed equipment. This has been achieved with the promise from the council that all play areas will be upgraded, if required, on an ongoing maintenance programme."

The existing equipment needed updating, so after consulting with local park users, council officers chose a selection of kit that met the requests that they received. The new kit includes: a set of swings; a mobilus, which is a swing, see saw and merry go round in one; and two springies.

The bark chippings have been removed and replaced with safety matting called 'grass matta' which turf can grow through. A second gate has been installed in the north-east corner of the play area. A new path has been laid between the two gates and also joins in with the existing paths, and a circular area has been created where seats can be installed at a later date for a quiet seating area.

Adam Reynolds, parks development manager, says: "This play area was due an upgrade as some of the equipment was coming to the end of its useful life. Later this year we will plant some trees to complete the scheme."

The total cost of the refurbishment is approximately £23,000.

Posted : 12/03/2007 17:43:49

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