A quartet of children’s play areas in Exmouth, Honiton and Seaton will get a revamp after the district council splashed £325,000 on improvements.
Work on the fun facilities in Brixington, Exmouth, Cherry Close, in Honiton, and Seafield Gardens and Meadway in Seaton will begin on Monday (June 8).
The spaces, currently out of action due to government coronavirus restrictions, will have a unique theme and boast brand-new equipment like trampolines, group swings, zip wires and themed play areas.
East Devon District Council (EDDC) says the areas will ‘be ready for children and young people to play when the time is right’.
The project is expected to be completed within three months.
Seafield Gardens will have a dinosaur theme to reflect Seaton’s links to the Jurassic Coast, while the Brixington facility will celebrate Exmouth’s maritime heritage with lifeboat elements.
Councillor Geoff Jung, EDDC’s portfolio holder for coast, countryside and environment, said: “Although our play parks have to remain closed to prevent contamination, I’m very pleased to see we are going ahead with the agreed refurbishment of the parks so that these great new facilities will all be ready and waiting for our children and young people to enjoy once the restrictions are lifted.”
EDDC says it consulted with children and young people in Seaton, Honiton and Exmouth to find out what activities they would like to see at each site.
It has awarded Proludic Ltd the contract.
Cllr Dan Ledger, ward member for Seaton ward, said: “It’s fantastic to see work beginning to progress with the new play parks across East Devon. After a thorough consultation with children of all ages, you can see the engineers at East Devon have really listened and included all of the play equipment asked for.”
Cllr Marcus Hartnell, also a Seaton representative, added: “It’s great news that two play parks in Seaton are getting a much-needed refurb. Now more than ever, our outdoor spaces are vital for the health and well-being of everyone, and these well used play parks will continue to benefit families for years to come.”
Cllr Phil Twiss, ward member for Honiton St Michael’s, said: “The Cherry Close play area has seen thousands of local children have great fun, burn off plenty of excess energy and keep fit in the outdoors over many years.
“I am delighted the district council is investing in the refurbishment of the play area, where the equipment is beginning to show its age. I’m sure that children who use the play area today, and in the future, will love this very exciting refresh.”