Work is underway to create a new and varied play scape in Kingston Park in Fratton, Portsmouth for local children to enjoy.
The improvements are being delivered by Portsmouth City Council on behalf of Fratton Big Local, a partnership of members of the Fratton community whose aim is to involve local people in improving the quality of life in Fratton. The design of the play area is the result many months of consultation with Fratton residents and park users, working with designers, to create an exciting new play area.
The improvements will deliver a varied and enriched play scape and will include five integrated play zones, Toddlers’ Play, Sand and Water Play, Cableways, Junior Play, and High Energy Play. These areas have been specially designed for children from two to 14 years old. Features include grassed mounds and a tunnel for children to crawl through. Seating is provided throughout the area.
Councillor Symes said: "I am delighted that these improvements are taking place in Kingston Park. The new play areas and equipment are designed so that continuous play trails are created and children will be able to easily explore from one feature to the next. It is so important that our children have the space and facilities such as this to play, and I hope children in Fratton enjoy this play area when it is open."
The total cost of the project is £310,000 and includes funding of £185,000 from Fratton Big Local, £75,000 from Veolia Environmental Trust, £45,000 from Trusthouse Charitable Foundation and £5,000 CIL funding.
Work to improve the play area started on Monday 8 January and is due to be complete mid-March.
The initial works currently taking place in the park are the clearance of the old play area and changing of the soil levels.