TWO PLAY AREAS IN CAM TO BE CLOSED FOR UP-GRADING
WOODFIELD play park off Hadley Road in Cam is due to be temporarily closed next week to allow for the regeneration and up-grading of the equipment and surfacing.
The playpark and the footpath running through the middle of it will be securely fenced off from Monday 29 October for five weeks. During this time the area will be transformed with new play equipment, colourful fencing, fresh line markings and an improved football area.
The ambitious project follows public consultations held by Cam Parish Council where local people were invited to have their say on what they wanted to see at the play park.
The toddler area will be completely overhauled with new swings, springers, a see-saw and a multi-play unit with a slide and climbing frame. Following concerns raised by local mums, fencing will go around the toddler area keeping young children safe from running under the existing fencing and into the road.
The project also involves new line markings and fencing around the basketball area with hopscotch and a colourful number snake painted onto the surface of the path. The football zone will be improved with the existing surface removed, reseeded and a "D" shaped wetpour kickabout area installed.
Much of the existing equipment suitable for older children will be retained and two flat swings and a ground-level roundabout will be added.
Brian Whatling, chairman of Cam Parish Council, said the council had listened to the views and needs of local people and considered them in the plans.
He said: "As well as improved fencing, we were told that more flat swings for older children were needed, as was a ground-flush roundabout which can be used by wheelchair users or children in buggies. These were included in our plans."
He added: "We are very excited about the project and hope that it meets the needs of the local community for many years to come."
The work will be carried out by play designers Sutcliffe Play and it is hoped will be complete by Friday 30 November.
A new swing unit is also due to be installed at Cam Green play area in Cam at the end of November.
The unit will have a tango seat which has a toddler seat at one side and a flat seat opposite for a parent or an older child to use, as well as an extra traditional swing.
The work at Cam Green playpark is expected to start on Monday 26 November and be completed within five days. A section of the play park will be fenced off while the work takes place, but the public footpath across the play park will not be affected.