Parks & Rangers

New half pipe for Turners Hill playground

Turners Hill half-pipeA half-pipe mini ramp, a new 2.5m tall timber climbing frame and a wheelchair accessible roundabout will be installed at Turner's Hill Recreation Ground play area this winter.

We consulted with local residents about what type of new equipment they would like to see installed at the park. We had a total of 53 responses and the vast majority of people said they would like the park to be more inclusive and accessible for all.

As part of the improvement works we'll be removing the bark pit and laying a smooth path to the existing basket swing so it is easier to access for children in wheelchairs. We'll also be adapting the existing ship, so children with limited mobility and toddlers can access it without using the scramble nets or passing under the low bridge.

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Hassocks to Ditchling pathway improvements

Hassocks to Ditchling pathBalfour Beatty and Hobart Paving Company have joined forces to provide some FREE pathway improvements to a Public Right of Way between Hassocks and Ditchling. 

Balfour Beatty is working with Mid Sussex District Council to improve path, cycle and bridleways around Burgess Hill, so that people can share each route safely and travel throughout the town without being so reliant on the road network. As part of the contract for that work, Balfour has pledged to support local voluntary groups with projects that improve the local area and add social value.

They approached the Monday Group, a band of Sussex volunteers who help to maintain stiles and Public Rights of Way, and were told about a problematic stretch of path between Hassocks and Ditchling. The popular pathway had become dangerous after eroding away and in the winter months it was extremely slippery when crossing the small stream.

By working together, the companies were able to help the Monday Group raise a section of the path by the stream and resurfaced it to provide a safe crossing for residents all year round. 

Summer fun at Play Days on Tour

Play Days on TourOrganising large scale events has been difficult this year, so instead of hosting three big Play Days we took some of the fun on tour with smaller but more frequent events.

Our Play Days on Tour took place in parks and open spaces across Mid Sussex during July and August, bringing FREE fun and entertainment to local towns and villages. 

Children enjoyed lots of different activities including a six-hole golf course, basketball coaching, cricket, tennis, rugby, arts, crafts, puppet shows, circus skills, music and the chance to get fit with Pop Steps and street dance. 

Our smaller events took place right in the heart of the community and it was great to see everyone enjoying themselves in a safe and responsible way.

Open and welcoming playground equipment for St Andrews

Climbing frameWhen we consulted with the public last year about potential improvements to the playground equipment at St Andrews in Burgess Hill, residents raised a number of concerns about anti-social behaviour in the area and stressed the need for the new playground equipment to be robust. Taking this feedback on board, we designed the new playground to be more open, so there are no hiding places, and we have specified steel equipment, which is less likely to be damaged.

A 2.4m tall metal climbing frame with nets, monkey bars, fireman's pole and slide will be the focal point of the new playground. There will be a new toddler slide with mini play-house, a spinner bowl and four different types of swing seat, including one where people can sit face-to-face, so parents and children can swing together.

New seating will be provided and a new rubber surface will connect all the new equipment.

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