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Play equipment used by 'generations' to be replaced in £100,000 playground project

PUBLISHED: 09:56 10 May 2019 | UPDATED: 09:20 11 May 2019

The popular spiral helter-skelter slide is to be replaced in the play area at Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Ben Falat

The popular spiral helter-skelter slide is to be replaced in the play area at Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Ben Falat

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They were attractions that entertained generations in a popular park.

Coming soon....the new Upbeat Apace Plus play facility will be unveiled in Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Ben FalatComing soon....the new Upbeat Apace Plus play facility will be unveiled in Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Ben Falat

But after many decades of service, a spiral helter-skelter slide is among the play equipment being replaced as work is set to start on a new £100,000 facility in Oulton Broad.

A new Upbeat Apace Plus playground tower is being developed on Nicholas Everitt Park, as Oulton Broad Parish Council teams up with Waveney Norse, Playdale Playgrounds and PlayMatta Surfacing to transform the site.

Nicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Nick ButcherNicholas Everitt Park in Oulton Broad. Picture: Nick Butcher

An Oulton Broad Parish Council spokesman said: "The helter-skelter and green fort are at the end of their serviceable life after many decades on this playground."

With the aim of replacing the long-serving play area equipment in the park with a facility "that children will remember forever," according to the company overseeing the development, the Upbeat Apace Plus has "intricate climbing nets, two exciting slides plus much, much more."

Back then - some of the children's play area equipment at Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, in September 1983. Photo: Archant LibraryBack then - some of the children's play area equipment at Nicholas Everitt Park, Oulton Broad, in September 1983. Photo: Archant Library

Oulton Broad parish councillor Ben Falat said: "There must be generations of families who remember this helter-skelter slide.

"It is of real local interest, but it needs replacing and we are planning to replace the fort with its smaller slide as well, with the new Upbeat play equipment.

Nicholas Everitt Park, in Oulton Broad. Picture: Archant.Nicholas Everitt Park, in Oulton Broad. Picture: Archant.

Oulton Broad parish councillor Andrew Page said: "It is a major project costing £103,000.

"This project has been in the pipeline for many months, with a lot of work going on behind the scenes to make it happen.

"It is being paid for by Oulton Broad Parish Council with some external funding also coming from Suffolk County councillor grants.

"The new Upbeat play frame has an inclusive design with some elements that can be enjoyed by less mobile children. This new play frame along with the disabled roundabout and disabled swing seat, that we installed last year, means all children should be able to enjoy playing in Everitts Park."

"Nicholas Everitt Park is a destination park, drawing people from the local area and far beyond, and given the affection people hold for the old helter-skelter we wanted to ensure that it is replaced with something that will offer the new generations the same enjoyment.

"Improvements to the facilities in Oulton Broad such as this is a key focus of the work Oulton Broad Parish Council is doing, and there are a number of other projects also under way, which we look forward to seeing completed in the near future."

The grounds have been fenced off and site clearing works have begun.

The works are set to last around four weeks as construction takes place and the area around the new equipment is re-landscaped.

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