The new playground at Frimley Lodge Park has been officially opened after a £150k makeover.
Local children from Mytchett Primary School were among the first to test out the fantastic new community facility at the event attended by Surrey Heath Mayor, Cllr Robin Perry, local ward councillors for Frimley Green and Mytchett & Deepcut, and Surrey Heath Borough Council Chief Executive Karen Whelan.
The new play area design was developed through a public consultation involving park users, local schools and residents, and chosen via a public vote held by the Council at the end of last year.
Aimed at children up to age 14, it includes a wide variety of features including castle and keep-themed towers, racing zipwires, a sensory path, sandpit and various types of swing.
Inclusive play equipment includes a ground level roundabout and trampoline, sensory eco-rain wheel, play panels, tipi carousel, birds nest swing, home see-saw and DDA accessible stairs to the castle units.
One very happy young park user at the opening was Emily Wedgwood, aged 9, a pupil at nearby Mytchett Primary School.
Funding had already been secured and plans were underway at SHBC to revamp the playground at Frimley Lodge Park when Emily wrote a letter to the Council Leader in November 2017 with suggestions for how the play area could be improved at her local park.
The team leading the play area revamp replied letting Emily know the good news about the planned refurbishment of the playground, and asking if she and her school friends would get involved in the process by sharing their views on what the new design should include.
They enthusiastically agreed and Emily, her family and fellow pupils at Mytchett Primary School have been kept up to date with developments on the project throughout.
“I love the new playground – it’s brilliant!” said Emily.
“It has lots of the equipment that my friends and I asked for, like trampolines and climbing frames. It was really good that the Council asked children what they thought should be in the new playground, and listened to us.
“I am so happy that the new playground is open – we are going to have so much fun here!”
Surrey Heath Places & Strategy Portfolio Holder Cllr Dan Adams said: “I’m thrilled this amazing new playground has opened.
“It’s been developed with the most important people – children – at the heart of it, and from the evidence so far it looks to be a success!
“It is now a play area befitting one of the premier parks in our borough, and I hope the local community get many years of pleasure from using it.
“It is of course part of the wider Play Area Improvement Scheme which the Council are implementing, upgrading facilities across Surrey Heath.”
The Frimley Lodge Park playground makeover is part of a wider Playground Improvement Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years.
Other play areas refurbished so far include Cheylesmore Park, Camberley, Briar Avenue, Lightwater and Evergreen Road, Frimley.
Playgrounds earmarked for improvement through the scheme include Lightwater Country Park, Old Dean Recreation Ground, Camberley, and Whitmoor Road, Bagshot.
Frimley Lodge Park is a Green Flag Award-winning park in Surrey Heath. The 24-hectare site boasts a wide range of facilities for all ages including the brand-new children’s playground, large areas of open space and woodland, picnic areas, trim trail, miniature railway and café, along with football and cricket pitches and a pitch and putt course.