PICTURES: Refurbishment plans for three Bognor parks

Work at Hampshire Avenue has been funded the Section 106 contribution from the development of Bognor Regis Community College
Work at Hampshire Avenue has been funded the Section 106 contribution from the development of Bognor Regis Community College

New 'exceptional play areas' are to be created in three Bognor Regis parks, according to one Arun councillor.

Paul Wotherspoon said it was 'exciting' to see the plans for refurbishment work at Hotham Park, West Park and Hampshire Avenue.

Artist visual for the woodland-themed plans at West Park

Artist visual for the woodland-themed plans at West Park

A statement from Arun District Council explained the projects follow public consultations on what local users would like to see featured.

It added that Hotham Park will be refurbished on a 'like-for-like basis' to include replacement of the most popular items, such as the large climbing frame with slide, the inclusive roundabout and the multi see-saw. It will continue to provide a range of play equipment designed for children with disabilities, it confirmed.

"The design reflects the heritage of the park and aims to update the play area to provide an impressive playground for a range of ages and abilities. In addition, improvements will be made to the safety surfacing to ensure the play area can be used all year round."

At West Park a woodland-themed play area with 'a wider range of equipment for children up to the age of 14' is planned. The statement said the most popular play equipment choices were for a junior climbing unit with a large slide and an inclusive roundabout.

Hotham Park is to be refurbished on a 'like-for-like basis'

Hotham Park is to be refurbished on a 'like-for-like basis'

Toddler and junior climbing units, an informal kick-about area and outdoor exercise equipment are set for Hampshire Avenue with improvements to the wider recreation ground planned for later in the year, including seating areas and tree planting.

Mr Wotherspoon, cabinet member for neighbourhood services, added: “We hope that the upgraded play areas will continue to attract large numbers of visitors to our parks for many years to come.”

Arun expressed its thanks to Hotham Park Heritage Trust and Aldwick Parish Council for contributing funds to the Hotham Park and West Park work and confirmed the improvements at Hampshire Avenue are funded by the Section 106 contribution from the development of Bognor Regis Community College.

The council said that the refurbishments are due to start this spring so that the play areas will be open by early summer.

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