WORK is now under way on the second phase of a project to transform Greenmount’s village green.

An upgraded children’s play area opened on the green space, off Brandlesholme Road, last year.

Now, work to build a facility for teenagers and adults on the site has started and is expected to take another four weeks.

Once completed, the facility will include a 30-metre zip wire, a boules area, a “ball game”, a brick barbecue, as well as benches and picnic tables.

Alistair Waddell, chairman of Greenmount Village Community, said he hoped the space would help “young people feel part of the community”.

He added: “There is not much for teenagers to do other than sitting on street corners. We want to include them and give them something to do.

“When we started the project six or seven years ago, the playground was not fit for purpose. The ground was not being used because it was so wet and boggy.”

After improving the drainage, new swings, slides, see-saws and other play equipment were installed at the site as part of the £112,000 project. The facility was opened at Greenmount Village Party in May 2018, and has proved a major hit with the community.

Mr Waddell said: “The play area has been really well used. You hardly ever go past without seeing children and parents there.”

The latest phase of the project will cost more than £60,000 to complete, and has been funded by grants from Viridor Credits, the government’s Pocket Parks Plus scheme, Tesco, and money raised by GVC.