Work starts in Big Park playgrounds in Peacehaven

Contractors have started work on two new playgrounds in Peacehaven’s Big Park.

Playsafe Playgrounds will be building two new playgrounds designed by landscape architects Allen Scott.

One playground will be created for toddlers and will include features such as a labyrinth and willow tunnels.

The second is an adventure playground designed with older children in mind which will include timber climbing walls and skywalks.

Both playgrounds will be built with natural materials to blend in with the South Downs National Park on its doorstep.

Big Parks Project Chair and Cllr Andy Smith said: “After careful planning and consultation, it’s very good news that work has started on the play element at the Big Park.

“We have listened carefully to the local children and the playgrounds will be a great facility for Peacehaven’s residents.”

If everything goes to plan, the playgrounds should be complete by spring 2015.

Last week the Express reported how councillors chose to name the Big Park Centenary Field which went against the suggestion for a park name chosen by children in the town who were asked for their views.

Young people wanted to call it Peacehaven Community Park.

But councillors chose to name the park in honour of those who gave their lives in World War One.

In a statement issued to the Express last week, the council said Peacehaven Community Park was not considered a suitable name as ‘every public park is a community park’ and decided to name the park as a tribute to those who defended the country during WW1.

Work has been ongoing at the Big Park over several months.

In August work began on the new cafe at the park.

And in October the turf was cut to declare building works officially open on the new skate park.

This month the cafe works have started to take shape - it now has under floor heating and a roof.

For more information about the progress of the Big Park Project visit http://bigparksproject.org.uk/

The plan for the park includes improved sports facilities, a central activity hub with cafe, and open space and recreation areas.