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Controversial play park will welcome children this summer
WORK has started on a controversial new playground in Bournemouth, which should be ready to welcome children by the summer.
The proposals to build a new play area within the main car park at Queen’s Park divided the community, with golfers particularly angry about the chosen location.
However, the scheme, which was backed by all three local ward councillors, succeeded in winning planning permission and work on site has now begun.
The next few months will see the creation of a raised terrace area, a raised play deck with a range of challenging play equipment and new seating.
Access to the Pavilion will also be improved and bicycle stands will be installed to encourage more people to cycle to and from the park.
Conservative Cllr Mark Anderson, who represents Queen’s Park, said: “I think it’s great. There are lots of children living in blocks of flats in the area who do not have anywhere to play. This will benefit them and will widen the use of Queen’s Park.”
And Cllr Carol Ainge, Liberal Democrat councillor for the area, said: “I think the play area will be a real asset to the people of Bournemouth. I’d like to go even further and see even more facilities for teenagers and children in the area, we could desperately do with a youth club.”
Cllr Rod Cooper, cabinet member for economy, leisure and tourism, said the council wanted to promote Queen’s Park as a more family-friendly space with modern facilities.
“Playgrounds are a hugely important place, not only for children and the health and social benefits that they bring, but also as places for parents to socialise and enjoy being outdoors,” he said.