Some of the new equipment at Peppers Green.

A new £51,000 play area is set to open in South Wootton on Monday.

The new-look park at Peppers Green follows 18 months of campaigning by a committee of volunteers made up of parents and residents.

A committee spokesman said: “Today’s culture means a lot of our children are used to playing on their tablets, Xbox, watching TV or other sedentary activities, so it is really important for them to be physically active outdoors from time-to-time.

“However, to compete with the amazing graphics and challenges today’s technology provides, we need to offer stimulating play challenges where our children can interact with their peers, have fun, run, chase and climb in a safe environment.”

Before the revamp, the site, which is owned by West Norfolk Council, had play equipment dating back to the 1970s.

After securing funding to a total of £51,000 from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, Tesco and the borough council, the committee’s plans came to fruition.

Designed by specialist playground suppliers Kompan,  the area includes a dedicated toddler zone and equipment for older children.

West Norfolk Council put £5,000 towards the cost and will also provide new signs and benches.

The committee now wants  to install new metal bow-top fencing to separate the playing field, used for football and dog walkers, from the play area and funding will be sought for this.

The aim is to have this second phase in place within the next six months.

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