A RYDE playground has been overhauled thanks to a £100,000 investment by Sovereign Housing Association.

Local residents were invited to attend the Arc Playground in Slade Road for the official opening recently.

The improvements included new paving for the basketball court and skate park, and new swings, climbing frames and picnic benches.

The Arc was officially opened by Cllr Charles Chapman, and everyone enjoyed complimentary ice creams in the park courtesy of the Sovereign communities team.

Working alongside Vectis Housing Association and Wild at Wight, a wild walk, which runs alongside the park, was also celebrated. Children enjoying pond-dipping and bug-hoovering in the natural space.

David Bull, Sovereign's regional housing manager, said: “Over the last decade we’ve worked with other organisations to transform a neglected play area into a wonderful space for everyone to enjoy.

“There’s something for everyone, from playground equipment suitable for different age groups, to basketball, football and skateboarding — or even just peaceful picnicking."

Sovereign Housing Association has confirmed it will be investing £50,000 in another playpark, in Nelson Road, Ryde.

Sovereign's resident-led group, Nelson Road Park Community Project, encouraged the development to meet the needs of all.

Sue Pearce, project chair, said: “When we founded our group in November 2017, our primary aim was to improve the park for residents nearby.

"We held a big event last year and got comments on what people wanted. We’re seeing that spring into life and can look forward to an inclusive park for all.”

The park will feature equipment including a seesaw, scramble net and balance board, however the group is most excited about the accessible roundabout.

Becky Haydock, Sovereign community engagement officer, said: “This is only stage one — they’re fundraising for equipment for older children and teenagers.

“Working with the project has been very rewarding, it’s wonderful to see such a motivated group realise their community’s vision.”