Revamped Hayling Island park is officially opened

From left, Arthur, Lilly and Finley Smith, Cllr Leah Turner, Cllr Andy Lenaghan, and consort Andy Cousins at the opening of the revamped play area in Mengham, Hayling Island ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151269-033)

From left, Arthur, Lilly and Finley Smith, Cllr Leah Turner, Cllr Andy Lenaghan, and consort Andy Cousins at the opening of the revamped play area in Mengham, Hayling Island ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (151269-033)

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  • Businesses and residents raised £80,000 for the work
  • Part of the Play Parks for Hayling scheme
  • Hayling Park earmarked as the next to go through a makeover
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FROM a giant bucket swing to a zipwire, a new playground designed by children has been unveiled.

Businesses and residents raised around £80,000 so Mengham Park could be revamped as part of a project called Play Parks for Hayling.

There’s plenty to go at, and I was sat on the bucket swing – although I did tell the children near me not to swing it too much

Havant Mayor Councillor Leah Turner

It was officially opened by Havant Mayor Councillor Leah Turner.

She said: ‘The park is beautiful and the most spectacular part is this was designed by the children of Hayling Island schools.

‘There was a lot of work that needed to be done, but we raised £80,000 and I’m delighted to see how it looks.

‘I have been very excited about this project and it’s great to see it complete.

‘There’s plenty to go at, and I was sat on the bucket swing – although I did tell the children near me not to swing it too much.’

Cllr Turner was one of the founders of Play Parks for Hayling, along with PC Debbie Surridge and Councillor Andy Lenaghan.

Councillor Clare Satchwell, who represents Hayling East, lives just a short distance away from the park, and said the park will be a boost for the area.

She said: ‘My step-children are aged four, six, eight and 10, and I took them along to the opening.

‘The park will transform this area of the island as the old park really was very dilapidated and didn’t attract children.

‘But this looks new and exciting, and my children said they wanted to visit again to have a go on the new play items.’

The playground also has a roundabout that is accessible for wheelchair users.

Cllr Satchwell added: ‘One of the great things about the park is how accessible it is for children of all ages and abilities.

‘So one minute you will see a 12-year-old using play equipment and then a four-year-old will use the same piece,

‘But they use it in a different way, so it’s good to see all ages can benefit.

‘And the roundabout is wheelchair accessible, but it’s not obvious so everyone can take part freely.’

The next park that will be subject to a makeover is Hayling Park.

‘Once the dust has settled on this one then we will be looking to fundraise again,’ added Cllr Satchwell.

‘We will be looking to fundraise in a similar way again.’

It has taken residents and businesses 18 months to raise enough money to renovate Mengham Park.

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