Crawley adventure playground to close until Easter 2016

Concept art for Cherry Lane Adventure Playground proposals
Concept art for Cherry Lane Adventure Playground proposals

An adventure playground will close for refurbishment until Easter 2016.

Cherry Lane Adventure Playground, Langley Green, shuts on Monday (September 7).

A spokesman for Crawley Borough Council said it will close again for a ‘major upgrade’ in winter 2016/17 and reopen in the following Easter.

Councillor Chris Mullins, Cabinet member for Wellbeing, said: “Children and young people will be able to take advantage of lots of exciting activities at Cherry Lane Adventure Playground and the playing fields next door from March next year.

“The work over the next two years is part of our major investment in our adventure playgrounds, which will see them transformed into better facilities for all visitors. Please bear with us while the changes are made.”

The spokesman said the adventure playground in Langley Green – one of four in Crawley – will be transformed over the next two years.

The council’s Play Service staff will bring it to life with activities and flexible play equipment to encourage creativity.

It will close in winter and reopen in Easter 2017 with a wide range of new playground equipment.

The council will be trialling new activities with a focus on back-to-basics play, including play with sand, mud and den building, and running exciting activities for children and families on Cherry Lane Playing Fields.

The playing fields will be used as a base and will be the venue for sports and physical activities, which is what children who use the adventure playground have asked for. This will include football, cricket and rounders as well as arts and crafts to bring variety to the activities.

All the activities will be adaptable and flexible to the needs, abilities and ages of the children who attend the sessions.

Play Service staff will also hold outreach sessions in smaller play parks in Langley Green and venturing into surrounding neighbourhoods to take advantage of the green spaces available.

Holiday childcare sessions at Cherry Lane will continue to run as normal.

The council’s three other adventure playgrounds – at Creasys Drive in Broadfield, Millpond in Bewbush and Waterlea in Furnace Green – remain open and are offering their usual activities and equipment.

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