PLAYTIMES have got better for children in Pagham.
The village’s new play area was officially opened last Saturday – and was immediately full of eager young people trying out its equipment.
Sam Lally, nine, of Pagham, said: “I really like the ground because it’s doesn’t hurt when you fall on it – as I tested.
“I can do everything on the monkey bars and the rock climbing is easy but fun to go up. I like the climbing frame as well. It’s good when you get to the top, there is somewhere to get down to and then to climb across.”
Imogen Chandler, 11, of West Meads, said: “I really like this area. I enjoy climbing over the equipment.”
Her mother, Joanna Chandler, said: “This is really good because Imogen and my three-year-old son, Freddie, can play here and I can see them both.”
The improved play area includes new equipment for children aged six and over.
This includes a play frame, sports wall, concrete table tennis table, exercise equipment, team swing, infinity bowl and a springer with disabled access – all within a fenced area. This is next to the existing play area for younger children, which was also improved.
Cycle racks, adult exercise equipment and picnic benches have been installed as well.
The Veolia Environmental Trust put in £25,000 towards the scheme through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Trust executive director Paul Taylor said: “Play areas like this offer opportunities for fun, interaction, adventures and outdoor exercise.
“It is one of our priorities to support the creation and improvement.”
Pagham Parish Council also contributed funds. Cllr Dawn Salter said the improvements had more than doubled the size of the play area at the site next to Pagham Village Hall on Pagham Road.
It had taken 18 months of planning to achieve the work.
“The reward for me is seeing the area being used as it is now,” she said.
“We love our new playground.
“The local children and young people have been putting it through its paces and the response has been fantastic.”
The play area was opened by Pagham’s vicar, the Rev Mark Eminson.