A NEW £81,619 play park has opened in Basingstoke.

Work began to refurbish the play area at Chineham Park, in Popley, in March and is now complete.

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The Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council project was carried out following a public consultation, and has been funded using the local infrastructure fund.

The new park, located next to the splash pad, is described as being ‘natural, colourful and inclusive’.

It includes a climbing wall, speed slide, climbing and sheltering hut, toddler multi-play unit, group swings, chalk drawing zone and a long jump game.

There is also a wheelchair accessible roundabout, balancing slack line, and a tree detective play panel.

A new picnic bench has been installed along with safety surfacing on the floor.

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