Play area designs on show

IDEAS for a �50,000 revamp of a Felixstowe sports ground to create a new adventure playpark for youngsters were put on show at a special exhibition.

IDEAS for a �50,000 revamp of a Felixstowe sports ground to create a new adventure playpark for youngsters were put on show at a special exhibition.

The West End Play community group asked an architect to draw up proposals for the town's Coronation Sports Ground, which it is hoping to revamp in partnership with Suffolk Coastal council.

The aim is to provide an adventure centre for children aged eight to 13 who live on the Coronation estate, which the group says is, statistically, one of the most deprived areas of England.

Chairman of the group, mother-of-two Kirsty Mann has described the current play facilities at the ground as “a place of woe”.

The exhibition at the rugby clubhouse on the sports ground in Mill Lane was a chance for people to see some ideas of what could be done if the bid for Play Builder grant aid was successful.

“At this stage we just want to get people's views - that is vital to what we want to do,” said Mrs Mann, who has daughters Francesca, seven, and Gracie, three.

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“The feedback we have had from calling at houses around the ground has been very supportive, very positive.

“We must stress that the ideas the architects have drawn up are not definitely what will go ahead - they are suggestions to give people an idea of what could be done. We want people to tell us what they think so they feel fully involved.”

Does Felixstowe's Coronation estate area need more facilities for youngsters? Write to Your Letters, Evening Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich, IP4 1AN, or e-mail eveningstarletters@eveningstar.co.uk