Exciting plans for a new ‘Dinosaur Island’ adventure play area at Southwater Country Park have been approved by Horsham District Council.
Planning is now almost complete for Horsham district’s exciting new visitor attraction, due to open in Spring 2015.
‘Dinosaur Island’ is a brand new adventure play area for the Country Park, featuring special effects such as an active volcano, red hot lava flows, tar quagmire, dinosaur swamp and prehistoric jungle. Children of all ages and abilities will be able to cross dinosaur bones and deadly swampland, swing through the jungle, climb the volcano, zip wire across lizard infested ditches and traverse aerial walkways along sheer slopes to look out over the Country Park lake.
Work is due to start in early November, with the existing play area closed down from Monday 3rd November for the winter period. The project will involve large scale groundworks, including installing drainage to allow the new play area to be used all year round.
Commenting on the plans, Cabinet Member for Arts, Heritage and Leisure Cllr Jonathan Chowen said: “I am delighted that we now have the full go ahead for these developments and that work will soon be underway. The new play area will also fully cater for disabled visitors and aims to provide inclusive play for all.
“A key part of the project is also to make the play area accessible all year round via a combination of improved drainage and a new network of pathways enabling more children and accompanying adults to enjoy the benefits of this unique experience”.
With some of the existing play equipment now up to 20 years old, the Country Park is well due this new injection of excitement and adventure. Newer equipment installed in the play area will be retained and revamped to fit in with the dinosaur theme.
100 years ago the remains of an Iguanadon dinosaur were found in what is now the Country Park’s Watersports lake. Now kids of all ages and abilities will be able to dig for their own Iguanadon skeleton in the Park.