MORE than a quarter of a million pounds is to be spent improving play areas around Bognor Regis.
Arun District Council has committed to carry out the refurbishments of the three sites at Hotham Park, West Park and Hampshire Avenue with help from its partners.
Work is set to start soon to enable the improved areas to be open by early summer.
Cllr Paul Wotherspoon, Arun’s cabinet member for neighbourhood services, said: “It is exciting to see that these play areas are to be updated.
“The new designs will create exceptional play areas for all ages and abilities to enjoy. We hope that the upgraded play areas will continue to attract large numbers of visitors to our parks for many years to come.”
Public consultations took place at the play areas to find out what their users would like to see included in them.
Hotham Park will have £63,000 spent on its play area – including £10,000 from Hotham Park Heritage Trust – to be refurbished on a like-for-like basis.
This will include the replacement of the most popular items, such as the large climbing frame with slide, the inclusive roundabout and the multi see-saw.
The play area will continue to provide a range of play equipment designed for children with disabilities.
A council spokesman said: “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.”
The refurbishment at West Park will cost £63,000, with £20,000 coming from Aldwick Parish Council. It will offer a woodland-themed play area with a wider range of equipment for children up to the age of 14.
The most popular play equipment choices were for a junior climbing unit with a large slide and an inclusive roundabout.
At Hampshire Avenue, the £57,000-worth of work will include toddler and junior climbing units, an informal kickabout area and outdoor exercise equipment.
Improvements to the surrounding recreation ground are planned for later in the year. These will feature seating areas and tree planting.
The landscaping will cost £46,000, with the money coming from a developer as a condition of the approval of its housing plans at the former Bognor Regis Community College site in Westloats Lane.
The play areas will be accessible for wheelchair users and pushchairs. The equipment has been designed for children of all capabilities.
The Arun spokeswoman thanked Hotham Park Heritage Trust and Aldwick Parish Council for their contributions to two of the projects.