All the sand is to be taken out of the Priory Park children’s play area, not just the sand around the water play feature, as part of forthcoming works.
Last week, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council announced that it will be replacing the water play equipment, and temporarily closing the whole playground Monday 15 May – Saturday 1 July.
As part of the upgrade, the new water area will have rubber flooring instead of the existing sand.
But the council has now confirmed other sand will be going too. Emanuel Flecken, Greenspaces Manager, said:
“All sand from the play area will be removed as it has been one of the main causes of the problems we have experienced both within the play area and also in the pavilion.”
Last summer, the drains blocking with sand meant that the water play features had to be turned off from late August until after the end of the school summer holidays.
Some residents have queried why the upgrade work is being done now, as warmer months approach. Mr Flecken said:
“The work needs to be done in dry weather to allow the surfacing to dry and it is also quicker to get the work done when the weather is dry.”
The council also said last week that the existing water feature is showing signs of wear and tear. The new equipment will be able to spray water using different heights, pressures and patterns.
Our previous article on the temporary closure with more details on the works
Council webpage on other open spaces including playgrounds