Seaton play boost

Work underway to create a play area, at the Seaton Carew area of  Coronation Drive. Picture by FRANK REID
Work underway to create a play area, at the Seaton Carew area of Coronation Drive. Picture by FRANK REID

WORK has started to spruce up green space along a seaside promenade with the creation of two new children’s play areas.

Building work has begun at two locations overlooking the sea off Coronation Drive at Seaton Carew.

Two grassed areas near the Newburn Bridge toilet block and Seaton Reach complex are being transformed into play areas as part of Hartlepool’s Playbuilder scheme.

Hartlepool Borough Council was allocated £1.1m of Government funding as part of the Playbuilder Project in 2009.

The initiative required local authorities to provide safe and accessible facilities for youngsters.

The work is being undertaken by Hartlepool Borough Council’s parks and countryside team.

Play equipment has been specially selected natural materials to stand up to the harsh weather conditions and be sensitive to its coastal setting.

It includes robinia timber, which is durable and vandal-resistant.

The council says the promenade area is used by thousands of people including families and children each year.

The work is the first two phases of a planned five-part scheme that will link the whole of the grassed area with one large play area.

Funding for the rest of the phases is dependant on the council finding the funding.

Seaton Carew councillor Paul Thompson said: “Eventually, the plan is to link from Seaton Reach all along to the toilets by a walking play area.

“As parents walk along the sea front the children will be able to skip between the areas all the way.

“Hopefully, it will encourage people to use the promenade more and bring extra people to Seaton which is a great thing.”

The grant, made under the previous Government, has seen new play areas built and existing parks upgraded.

A new play facility in the shape of a galleon ship has already been provided at Seaton Carew Park.