THE PLAY area at Malvern’s Priory Park will be given a £500,000 revamp under proposals approved by the district council’s executive committee.
The park, which is now more than 20 years old, will get a new modern look and include water fountains with interactive features so youngsters can play in them.
There will also be a swing, slide, trampoline, balancing equipment, climbing structures and boulder and timber seating to give the area a more natural feel more suited to the surrounding park.
Improving the play area is one of the council’s commitments in its five year plan and supports its priority to encourage people to be more active.
In 2016 more than 440 people responded to a public consultation on the future of the play area.
A third of those asked deemed it ‘very poor’ and two thirds branded it ‘too small’.
Among the top features people wanted to see in the new play area were water play, swings, a climbing frame and a climbing wall.
The council is in the process of appointing a company to carry out the work which it is hoped could get underway as early as next month and be ready in time for the school summer holidays.
Coun David Chambers, Leader of Malvern Hills District Council, said: “The public gave us a very clear vision for the future of the play area and we’ve listened and come up with an exciting design that delivers on their wishes.
“When completed the play area will provide yet another reason to visit our beautiful district and I can’t wait for work to start so we can make the vision a reality.”