The winning design for the new £210,000 play area at the Old Dean Recreation Ground in Camberley has been revealed by Surrey Heath Borough Council.

After an extensive consultation last year with local people including schoolchildren and community groups, and a public vote from a shortlist of potential plans, the clear winner was this fantastic design from Kompan.

The new facility will include three separate areas –

  • An inclusive play area featuring a double tower play unit for older children, a toddler tower for younger children, various swings including basket, rope and inclusive versions, a ‘parkour’ section for agility play, an inclusive 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 will be landscaped, with benches added throughout to rest tired legs!
Funding for the new play area has been secured from planning infrastructure contributions, Accent Housing, the Eikon Charity and the Old Dean Community Group (ODCoG).

Throughout this process SHBC has been working closely with Old Dean ward councillors Cllr Rodney Bates and Cllr Shaun Garrett, local schools, and ODCoG.

Work on the new play area is expected to start mid-April with a target completion date in June.
Surrey Heath Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy, Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans said: “This is an important milestone in the process of creating this amazing new facility at the Old Dean Recreation Ground.

“The local community have been heavily involved in the process from the start, and in choosing this design they have had vital input into the facilities that they and their families will be able to enjoy for many years to come.

“This playground refurbishment is part of a wider Play Area Improvement Scheme across Surrey Heath, worth £650,000 over three years, which demonstrates our commitment to the importance of good quality, safe outdoor play throughout the Borough.”

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 Loman Road, Mytchett, Watchetts Recreation Ground, Camberley, and Chobham Road, Frimley.