Milford Adventure Playground in Yeovil officially opened
Children across Yeovil were invited to play at the opening of the new £175,000 adventure playground in Milford Park today.
The new play area took a total of six months to build and includes a fort play area, large slide, look-out towers, a double zip-line and much more.
South Somerset District Councillors were among those who took the opportunity to try out the zip-lines, much to the delight of the children.
Cllr Peter Gubbins officially opened the adventure park at midday, and could be seen flying along the zip wire a few minutes later:
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"It was awesome," he said. "I thought it would go a lot slower than that but I guess my weight pulled me across very speedily.
"The children are bound to love it!"
Nine-year-old Eve Perry from Yeovil won the Design a Shield competition and was given the honour of cutting the red ribbon and declaring the park officially open.
Adventure was the day's theme and children were invited to join in with exciting activities such as the Princess' and Knights' parade, football games and circus skills. Youngsters could be seen bounding across the park on mechanical stilts, attempting to spin plates and walking across tight ropes.
Many took the opportunity to dress up as princesses, kings, queens and knights. Jenny Costigan from Alexander Road in Yeovil brought her two children along to the event, seven-year-old Angel and four-year-old Lenny, and both were dressed in royal attire to celebrate the occasion:
Jenny said: "The kids love it and I think it's really good that they have used a lot of new equipment.
"It helps the children use their imagination when they're playing and I think that's excellent. I think we'll try to come here all the time."
Seven-year-old Angel said: "I dressed up as a princess because I wanted to look pretty when I played in the castle."
Local schools and residents had input into the design of the unique fort-like play area and look-out towers. Robert Parr, Senior Play and Youth Facilities Officers for South Somerset District Council, put their ideas into practice:
"I really love the bridges, the fort and the look-out towers because we designed them ourselves and didn't just buy them out of a catalogue.
"The whole play area took a total of six months to build and we hope it will bring more families up to the park and get more children active."
Organisations across Somerset supported the building of this adventure park including Viridor Credit, Yarlington Housing Group, Yeovil Town Council and the Yeovil Recreation Charity.
Councillor Peter Gubbins said: "We have had tremendous support from these organisations and without it this fantastic project would never have left the ground.
"This has been an exciting project, not without its challenges, but it has been a deserving project and one that will provide years of imaginative play for the youth of this area."