Happy days as Rowlands Castle play area gets makeover

FUN! Leila Burt on the zipwire at the Rowlands Castle recreation ground.  Picture: Paul Jacobs (121276-1)
FUN! Leila Burt on the zipwire at the Rowlands Castle recreation ground. Picture: Paul Jacobs (121276-1)
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ENDLESS hours of fun are to be enjoyed at a revamped children’s playground.

Around £1,500 was spent sprucing up play equipment at Rowlands Castle recreation ground, off The Fairway.

The zipwire, the most popular piece of equipment, has been out of action for the past year as repairs were needed. But youngsters had a whale of a time yesterday as they whizzed along the line.

The recreation ground was put up in 2004, with the equipment being chosen by children from nearby St John’s Primary School.

But wear and tear took its toll and it was in need of a makeover.

Parish councillor Steve Protheroe said: ‘We had a number of complaints from parents from the school and mums and dads in the village.

‘There was not enough equipment working.

‘The council was made aware that children were getting disappointed. This needed to be done.’

Parents said they were pleased with the refurbishment.

Sharon White, 42, of Otterbourne Crescent, Leigh Park, said: ‘They have taken all our parks away, so we have to come out of the area to go to a park.

‘The kids are enjoying it and that’s the main thing.

‘They should put more picnic tables here. People like to have a picnic.’

Sally Burt, 33, of Chatsworth Avenue, Cosham, whose daughter Leila, seven, used the zipwire, said: ‘It’s good. The kids love coming down here. Even the little one, who’s nearly one, likes going on the swings.’

Kay Protheroe, of Nightingale Close, Rowlands Castle, who takes her grandchildren to the playground, said: ‘It’s absolutely wonderful. I’m sure the summer will be very busy down here.’

The parish council is planning to put in more play equipment for older children, thanks to an £8,000 donation from the village fair committee.

Plans are afoot to revamp the recreation ground’s pavilion, which is used by sports teams.

Cllr Protheroe added: ‘We are trying to get together all the funding at the moment.

‘We have got to do something. The thinking is it can’t be left as it is.’