BUILDING work on the new £65,000 play facilities for toddlers and children in Kelsall has begun.
Diggers and excavators arrived in the village this week to start constructing the Kelsall Green play area on land bought by the parish council last year on Chester Road.
Committee members hope that work will be completed by the end of the month with an official opening ceremony pencilled in for the beginning of November.
The Kelsall Green project is designed to provide a play area for toddlers, children above the age of six and also teenagers.
The equipment, provided by Timberplay, is for children of all abilities including a cradle-nest swing, extra-wide slide build into an embankment, an accessible swing and wheelchair-accessible roundabout.
A £50,000 grant, secured from Waste Recycling Environmental Ltd, has funded the majority of the project while additional grants have been received from Chester City Council and Tarporley Round Table for specific items of equipment.
Chairman of the Kelsall Green fundraising committee Tara Edelman said: “Our aim with this play area is to provide a
creative, rugged and natural play environment that is in keeping with the rural environment and provides reasonable levels of risk in play.
“It's been astonishing to see how much effort enthusiasm people of all ages have invested in this project.
“We think that Kelsall Green is going to be the most accessible play scheme in the area. We think some local play areas can be quite dull but this project will make kids say ‘wow!’
“We are hoping to have it built by early next month.”
In addition to the play area for toddlers and young children, the Kelsall Green project will also include a multi use games area which will cater for the needs of older children and teenagers.
The MUGA will facilitate five-a-side football and basketball although this stage of the project may not be completed until after the official opening.