THE wait is almost over for a new £258,000 children’s play park to be complete in Beggarwood which is expected to open next month.

The new extended play area, which has been funded by developers, will include 30 new fun facilities for children aged up to 12, including climbing frames, ropes, swings and toddler rides.

An eco-friendly wild zone has been designed to encourage children to explore the natural world and will replace the old timber maze.

The BMX pump track is being updated, offering riders the chance to build up their bike riding skills on a new circuit with rollers, berms and jumps.

As part of the upgrades, Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has also installed new benches, bins, better footpaths and improved landscaping.

The play area was designed following consultation with residents last year, with feedback used to plan the improvements to the area which has Local Nature Reserve status.

Work is now in the final stages of completion, following delays because of the Covid-19 lockdown.

The final work began on September 28 and is expected to take two months.

Cabinet member for planning, infrastructure and natural environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “We have worked with the local community to create these fantastic new facilities for all to enjoy.

“Once completed, this open space will include a new play area, wild zone and a BMX pump track along with better landscaped surroundings. Beggarwood Park is a very popular place and I hope this investment in new equipment and facilities will be enjoyed and treasured by all those who use it.”

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