Playtime fun boosted by a cash injection

C131205-1 Bog PlayOpen  phot kate''Terence Chapman, right, chairman of Arun District Council opening the new play area in Felpham Recreation ground.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131205-1
C131205-1 Bog PlayOpen phot kate''Terence Chapman, right, chairman of Arun District Council opening the new play area in Felpham Recreation ground.Picture by Kate Shemilt.C131205-1

PLAYTIME just got a lot more fun for youngsters in Felpham.

The Felpham Recreation Ground in Brooks Lane was officially reopened after a £40,000 project to breathe new life into the popular and well-used area last Wednesday.

The project, undertaken by Arun District Council, has revamped the park’s play area, and contributed to ongoing work to create a community orchard and improve the environment.

Arun’s chairman Terence Chapman was on hand to perform the honours and declare the park open for fun.

Cllr Chapman said: “I am mindful that only last week a major report expressed concern that children were not taking enough exercise and this was likely to affect their health and wellbeing in later life.

“The issue that was raised in my mind was, in the present day, are there enough accessible and safe places for children to take exercise through play?

“Well, here is one answer: this beautifully improved and safe amenity for local children, their families, and hence the local community.

“This shows what can be achieved by partnership working. In this case these works, costing £40,000 were funded jointly by The Veolia Environmental Trust, Amicus Horizon Housing Association and Arun District Council and they all deserve recognition for their initiative and commitment to the wellbeing and safety of our junior residents in providing these facilities.”

The play equipment includes a toddler climbing frame and separate junior climbing frame, as well as two new football goals. Local people were asked what they would like to see in the park and this contributed to the final plans.

The improvements took place thanks to money for the district council, £2,000 from Amicus Horizon Housing Association, and The Veolia Environmental Trust, who awarded a grant of £30,000 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The executive director of Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said: “Play areas and recreation grounds like this are vital parts of our communities, providing places where children and adults can interact, exercise, and have fun.

“It is one of our priorities to protect and improve them and I hope the new equipment and the other improvements are enjoyed for years to come.”