A new children’s play area along the seafront in Lowestoft is officially open, in time for families visiting the First Light Festival to enjoy.
Following the allocation of funding from the former Waveney District Council (now East Suffolk Council) and a contribution of £10,000 from the Lowestoft Tourism Group, work to extend the play area at Royal Green began in April. These works, carried out by contractors Sutcliffe Play and delivered by East Suffolk Council in partnership with Sentinel Leisure Trust and East Suffolk Norse, have now been completed on schedule and ahead of this weekend’s First Light Festival.
The extended play park offers a self-contained toddler play area with inclusive play equipment for disabled users.
Cllr Craig Rivett, East Suffolk’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration said:
“I am delighted that these exciting new facilities are now open for younger children to enjoy, just in time for the summer season and for the First Light Festival.
This play area is just part of our ongoing work to regenerate the seafront area; in addition, we have attracted a number of new seafront concessions and refurbishments to the former lifeguard station are now complete.
We will continue to progress other projects which will enhance the seafront and attract even more visitors to Lowestoft and the wider area.”
The project is part of wider regeneration plans for the seafront and achieves several of the objectives within the Lowestoft Seafront Vision, developed by the Council and the Lowestoft Coastal Community Team, working with Hemingway Design. These objectives include the development of new seafront amenities, increasing visitor numbers and promoting an active seafront.
The seafront, in particular the South Beach, is the main tourist attraction for the town with the award-winning beach providing a huge draw to the majority of the 1.2m visitors who come here each year. Through new facilities, events and attractions, there is potential to broaden and enhance the visitor experience and encourage visitors to spend the day, or longer.
One of the main projects from the seafront vision was the creation of a brand new festival for Lowestoft, celebrating the town’s most easterly location. The First Light Festival, a free 24-hour multi-arts festival will take place on the South Beach on 22-23 June and celebrates Lowestoft’s position as the first place that the sun rises in the UK. (firstlightfestival.com)
Find out more about the South Beach regeneration at lowestoftsouthbeach.co.uk