Part of the scheme will be the introduction of four new superhuts on the site of the small splash park at the foot of the Chine, which was decommissioned early in 2015 due to repeated vandalism. Income from the huts, which have now received planning permission, will be ear-marked to pay for the adjacent play park improvements.
By creating a ‘treasure island’ themed playground, introducing a more natural landscape and extending the park to incorporate the wooded bank, the popular park will continue to be an asset to the seafront for future visitors to enjoy. New equipment will be installed, with the initial concept including a sand pit with a ‘sunken’ pirate ship, a buried treasure chest and a low maintenance water feature.
Cllr Lawrence Williams Cabinet Member for Tourism, Leisure & The Arts said: “We are delighted to be continuing our Seafront Strategy with these improvements at Alum Chine Play Park. It was evident during the recent half term that this is an extremely popular park all year round, but it is in need of some attention. Plans to extend and improve these play facilities will mean they are available for children to enjoy in years to come.”
The current park will close on 13th March 2017 and remain closed during the improvements, reopening in early summer.