Fun-filled new play park on the way

An exciting new children’s playground costing £60,000 will begin being built in the city this month.

The facility, at Barn Rise, Westdene, will have a main park, toddler’s area and quiet corner, and include more than 20 play features including climbing frames, swings, slides, net and plank bridges, a fireman’s pole and a spinning wheel.

Access for all children

The park will also have improved access and play equipment for children with disabilities. 

The work is due to begin on Monday 29 March and take around four weeks to complete. 

Part of the funding came from the My First Friends Nursery, where the playground is based, which raised £9,000 towards the project from local businesses and nearby residents. 

The rest was paid for by City Parks, the council’s parks and open spaces department.

A real community effort

Demita Harman, deputy manager at My First Friends Nursery, said: “The nursery has been fundraising for the last three years and has raised £9,000 to help towards the community side of the playground redevelopment.

“We would like to thank everyone who donated money and time, including local shops, local councillors, Sussex Police, local Westdene residents and of course the city council.

“Once completed, the playground will look amazing and it will finally be safe and inclusive for all ages.”

'Fantastic addition to Westdene'

Councillor Jamie Lloyd, deputy chair of the council’s environment, transport and sustainability committee and Withdean ward councillor, said: “This play park is going to be a fantastic addition to Westdene.

“Special thanks must be given to the staff at My First Friends Nursery. Without their collaboration and assistance, this project would not have been possible.”

Playground manufacturer Kompan was chosen to supply and build the park after winning a tendering process.