Dinosaur Island play area in Southwater partially opens for half term

Horsham District Council proposals for Dinosaur Island at Southwater Country Park. Designs by playground designers Eibe SUS-141111-160835001
Horsham District Council proposals for Dinosaur Island at Southwater Country Park. Designs by playground designers Eibe SUS-141111-160835001
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Children have been able to enjoy the new Dinosaur Island Adventure Park in Southwater Country Park for the first time this week.

Construction of the play area has not been completed, a spokesperson for Horsham District Council said, but parts of the park have been opened to the public for half term.

The council will host an official opening of the park on Saturday July 11.

The spokesperson said: “The park is currently not completely finished as some of the play apparatus needs to be fully appointed and some of the landscaping needs to be finished and paths resurfaced.

“However, the council thought it would be a shame to keep it closed over the spring half term school holiday, so the areas which are fully completed have been made accessible to the public.

“On 11 July the council will host an official launch fun day just before the school summer holidays.”

Plans for Dinosaur Island were unveiled by the council in October 2014.

The new adventure park will feature special effects including an active volcano, red hot lava flows, a tar quagmire, dinosaur swamp and prehistoric jungle.

Youngsters will be able to cross 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.

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