Unveiled... new plans for the £500,000 play park on Green
DETAILS of the new £500,000 Lottery-funded playground for Paignton seafront have been submitted to Torbay Council.
The new plans show five different play zones including wet play, climbing, slides and towers, lookout and terraces, earth mounds and a bridge.
Paignton Community Partnership is pushing for the scheme, which would take up nearly half of the central green, next to the Flagship pub and Apollo cinema.
The idea is being opposed by charitable groups who use the green and conservationists who say the location is wrong.
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Richard Kaskow, chairman of the Paignton Community Partnership, said: "This is truly a fabulous design and we can only hope the town will get really excited about this project."
He has rebutted claims by town historians who say the green is the wrong site, and claimed a questionnaire was biased.
Mr Kaskow said the town group is responsible for the content and distributing 30,000 questionnaires.
"The outburst over Torbay Council 'riding roughshod' over the views of local residents on the future of Paignton Green is not only emotive but it is inaccurate," he said.
"We have brought many ideas and initiatives to the Paignton Town Community Partnership to show how new developments have revitalised other seaside centres."
He said all members of the partnership were consulted on the questionnaire including the town's history society.
"The plan is to the highest standard necessary for this seafront location and is exactly the type of project needed to help raise the profile of the English Riviera as a tourist destination and local children can enjoy it all year round."
The ideas by landscape architect Rob McGuiness at Bay architectural firm Kay Elliott include a timber board walk bridging the play area and offering views in both directions; earth mounds between two and three metres high with climbing nets, poles and dens; streams for paddling and a mist machine.
Consultation, planning permission and the Lottery bid all have to be completed by January if the dream is to become reality said Mr Kaskow.
A Lottery decision is expected in April next year, and if planning permission is given work could start in the autumn after all the summer events have run, with the aim of opening by Easter 2011.