Schools help design children’s play areas

Yousef Alam 6, Isabella Doyle 6, Halle Wellham 6, George McKechnie 6 and Isabel Manchip 6 with one of the islands they made out of papier mache

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THREE schools have helped to design a play area and name a new leisure centre.

Fareham Borough Council asked pupils at Sarisbury infants, Sarisbury juniors and Park Gate primary to help them design a play area and to vote for what they think a new leisure centre, destined for the western wards of Fareham, should be called.

As well as pitching in ideas for the new £150,000 play area that will be built alongside the leisure centre on the site of the old Coldeast Hospital, off Barnes Lane in Sarisbury Green, they voted on the leisure centre’s name.

Options included; Holly Hill Leisure Centre, Woodlands Leisure Centre and Coldeast Leisure Centre.

Leisure boss councillor Connie Hockley said: ‘The children enjoyed building their dream play area and they had some great ideas.

‘It’s really important that children get involved with this as it gives them a sense of pride.’

The leisure centre’s new name will be announced later this month.