Flying-themed play area 'unlike anything else' in Fareham opens next to Solent Airport

A NEW aviation-themed play area has opened next to Solent Airport, thanks to a £210,000 contribution from the National Grid.

Pupils and teachers from Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools helped officially open the play area alongside the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Pamela Bryant, and the Mayoress, Cllr Louise Clubley.

The play area, designed and installed by Eibe Play for Fareham Borough Council, features a range of equipment for children of all ages and abilities, including a huge aeroplane-themed climbing frame suitable for children with disabilities.

Members of the public helped design the play area through a public survey last August, with more than a 1,000 residents taking part.

Pupils and teachers from Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools helped officially open the play area alongside the Mayor of Fareham, Councillor Pamela Bryant (left), and the Mayoress, Cllr Louise Clubley (right).

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The council had paid particular attention to needs of children with reduced mobility, according to Cllr Sue Bell, the council’s executive Member for leisure and community.

Cllr Bell said: ‘This play area is fantastic for the local community and visitors to the borough. We know how important it is that all children, no matter what their abilities, can play together which is why the large multi-climbing unit is so exciting as children with reduced mobility can access it and play with their friends, meaning nobody is left out.

“I would like to thank everyone that got involved in the consultation and shared their ideas to help come up with a design, and I hope the play area lives up to your expectations.

Pupils from Crofton Anne Dale Infant and Junior Schools were on hand to help with the opening.

‘There is still some work to be done with planting around the park which we will do in the spring, but I’m thrilled that the play equipment is ready to go just in time for the school holidays.’

Visitors can use the 18-space car park – with parent-and-child bays - next to the play area.

As part of contributions for IFA2 development works within the borough, the National Grid has contributed £210,000 for the play area and a sculpture at the entrance of the nearby airport.

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