Here’s the sign Uckfield youngsters, parents and carers are delighted to see.
The Luxford Field play area was officially opened on Saturday (September 19) and children swarmed over the new equipment as the opening ceremony took place.
All the previous items were removed from the site and a whole new castle-themed park provided to become a central attraction in the town.
The design for the play area was chosen following a public consultation in February.
The previous site was long and thin but the new one is slightly wider and shorter, making it easier to supervise children.
There is an accessible (wheelchair) ramp into the main “Uckfield Castle”, a sensory pathway with more musical equipment and an extra flat-seat swing and additional inclusive seating.
Uckfield Town Mayor, Cllr Spike Mayhew, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony.
Also attending were deputy town mayor, Cllr Jackie Love, Cllr Jez Beelsey, chairman of the council’s environment and leisure committee, which oversees the town council’s play areas, other town councillors and staff.
A special guest at the official opening was Dylan Trigwell, who won the local schools’ poster competition to design a fantasy play area.
As part of his prize Dylan had his poster “brought to life” by a professional graphic illustrator.
Dylan lives on Manor Park and attends Manor Primary.
The equipment in Luxford play area had been cleaned and sprayed ready for the opening and a full Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) carried out.
The Luxford Field play area became “blighted” because the land it occupies was part of the area earmarked for redevelopment in a town centre regeneration plan.
As a result, it was overlooked for a revamp because of the possibility of it being swept away in a comprehensive facelift.
However, the recession in the last decade and a change in shopping habits scuppered the project.
Since then town councillors have “saved” money in successive budgets to pay for the £130,000 scheme which is designed as a flagship for Uckfield.
The design was picked by people who attended an open event at the Civic Centre where competition designs were displayed.
The winner was HAGS-SMP, a company which has carried out other play area revamps for the town council.