The Mayor of Surrey Heath, Cllr Pat Tedder, has officially opened a fantastic new £210,000 play area at the Old Dean Recreation Ground in Camberley.
After consulting with local people, including schoolchildren and community groups, last year and a public vote from a shortlist of potential plans, the winning Kompan design is now a reality.
There are three separate areas:
- A play area featuring a double tower play unit for older children, a toddler tower, various swings, a ‘parkour’ section for agility play, a roundabout, play train and carriage, slides, seesaw, springers and spinning equipment.
- An enclosed multi-use games area with football, cricket and basketball facilities.
- A BMX and scooter track.
Surrounding areas have been landscaped, with benches added throughout to rest tired legs!
Funding for the new play area was secured from planning infrastructure contributions, Accent Housing, the Eikon Charity and the Old Dean Community Group (ODCoG).
Cllr Tedder was joined at the socially-distanced ceremony by SHBC Portfolio Holder for Places & Strategy Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans, the Old Dean ward councillors, representatives from Accent, Kompan and ODCoG. SHBC officers also attended, and a small group of invited local children were the first to test out the new equipment.
Work on the new play area was able to continue over lockdown, meaning the facility will be open to local children over the summer.
Cllr Tedder said: “I am delighted to officially open this brilliant new play area, and I’m sure local children and their families will enjoy using it for many years to come.”
Director of Customer Experience Rob Mills said: “I am really pleased that Accent could help to fund this play area in the heart of the Old Dean, providing a much-needed facility for our customers and the wider community.”
Other play areas refurbished so far include Cheylesmore Park, Camberley, Frimley Lodge Park, Lightwater Country Park and Evergreen Road, Frimley.
Further playgrounds earmarked for improvement through the scheme include Watchetts Recreation Ground, Camberley, Loman Road, Mytchett, and Chobham Road, Frimley.
The Old Dean play area opened to the public on Friday 24 July 2020 at 4pm.