WORK began yesterday on the second phase of the regeneration of a community play area.
Workmen started construction of a £150,000 new toddler and junior play area and improvements to the football pitch at the Nursery Road Recreation Ground in Barnton.
The facilities will include multi-play units, swings, a spacenet, roundabouts and seats.
It will complement work completed on the first phase of the regeneration of the play area two years ago, when a £160,000 skate park and other facilities for older children were installed.
Cash grants from a variety of organisations have made the work possible, coupled with the efforts of the Nursery Road Recreation Ground Group and Groundwork Cheshire, and it is expected to be complete in eight to 10 weeks.
Cllr Angela Robinson, secretary of the Nursery Road Recreation Ground Group, said: 'We are delighted.
'We started work on the recreation ground project in 2000, so we are very pleased that we are coming to the end.
'The first phase has been very successful, the kids love it, it gives them somewhere to go and they really make use of it.
'There were initially minor problems with noise and anti-social behaviour but that has settled down and we get a lot of positive comments from parents and kids and a lot of the neighbours.
'This second phase will be brilliant for the younger children and will also have inclusive equipment making it suitable for disabled youngsters.'
Louise Horobin of Groundwork Cheshire said: 'The existing play equipment is old and uninspiring.
'The new provision will provide the younger members of the community with somewhere exciting and challenging to play, complementing the skate park and teen shelter installed in 2004 for older youths.'