Kids give a thumbs up to play area
The mayor, Cllr Sophia Choudhary, welcomed children from the school council at St Michael’s Junior School, whose ideas were incorporated into the design of the safari- themed play area.
Borough council officers visited the school in March last year to discover the children’s thoughts on what the new facility should look like.
More than 200 people who live near the park also gave their views in an online survey.
The project cost £ 150,000, with £ 115,000 from local developers’ contributions towards community projects and the remainder from the borough council.
Cllr Maurice Sheehan, the cabinet member for leisure and youth, said: “It’s great to see so many families enjoying this new equipment.
“We are grateful to the children who helped with this project, for giving us their ideas and enthusiasm.
“I know they will spend many hours enjoying this lovely new play area.”
Cllr Choudhary added: “This is a great site with a good mix of equipment for children of different ages. It is great we can invest in a new playground with the local community having their say about what they would like to see installed.”
This is the fourth new play area to open in the borough in the past year, after Rushmoor managed to secure external funding for each one. The others are in Municipal Gardens, Aldershot, Osborne Road recreation ground, North Camp, and Pyestock Crescent, Farnborough.