A new £80,000 playground in Farnborough has been officially opened.

The playground in Pyestock Crescent was opened by the Mayor of Rushmoor, Councillor Jacqui Vosper.

Most of the funding for the site has come from developers’ contributions.

Consultation with residents and parents on the design of the playground took place over four weeks in March and April.

Children from Cove Junior School were also involved in the playground design, which was used as part of a Year 5 measuring project.

The children measured the site before coming up with a design for the playground.

Council staff visited the school to talk to pupils about the project and look at their work.

Some of the childrens’ ideas were eventually incorporated into the final design.

Also joining the mayor for the unveiling were St John’s ward members, councillors Barbara Hurst and Peter Moyle, and Rushmoor Borough Council’s cabinet member for leisure and youth, Councillor Sue Carter.

The new playground is aimed at children up to the age of 12 and includes "springer" toys, a slide, swings, a spelling panel game, talking tubes, a roundabout, stepping logs and lots more on a special safety surface.

'Great addition'

Cllr Vosper said: “It is a fabulous site and will give many years of pleasure to local families.

"I would like to thank local residents and pupils at Cove Junior School for being involved in the consultation and expressing their views about what they would like to see at the site.”

Cllr Carter added: “What a great addition this playground is to the area - it is lovely to see. We would like to encourage families to use it and if possible walk to the site, being mindful of local residents.

“We have had very positive feedback about the site and families have already been enjoying the facility.”

Work on the playground took around six weeks and is part of Rushmoor Borough Council’s general replacement of playgrounds after the previous play equipment reached the end of its useful life.