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HUNDREDS of children gathered to celebrate the opening of a new adventure playground.

Work has finished on a new play area in Leesland Park, Gosport.

Youngsters gathered for the official opening of the playground.

It now has a climbing net, a hut, swings and a maze.

The improvements come after the Friends of Leesland Park community group was awarded £41,000 from the national Community Spaces programme.

The group was also given £10,000 from Gosport Borough Council.

Mum Tina Stamp, 29, of Albert Street in Gosport, was there with her two sons Charlie, five, and George, seven.

She said: ‘It is a definite improvement.

‘There wasn’t much there before.

‘I bring my kids down here after school most days so it will be much better for them now.

‘As long as vandals don’t come down and try to damage it all then it will be really good.’

The project will be completed after some final landscaping work on the park including new plants and shrubs.

Leesland councillor Dave Smith said: ‘I’m absolutely thrilled.

‘The Friends of Leesland Park have been working hard there for many years.

‘It’s great because it will help getting children away from computer screens and out into the fresh air.’