A 3D shark is among play equipment at a new play area opened this week.

Redbridge Council dipped into its £1.6 million investment pot set aside to improve parks across the borough to revamp Loxford Park. The finished product was unveiled yesterday.

The park has new climbing units, see saws, swings, picnic benches and a three-dimensional shark for children and families to enjoy.

Council leader Cllr Jas Athwal was joined by deputy leader, Cllr Kam Rai, local ward councillors and pupils from Woodlands Primary School to open the new park.

Cllr Athwal, who is also the borough’s cabinet member for growth and leisure, said: “We’re delighted to unveil the new features at Loxford Park. As a council, we’re committed to providing the very best facilities as this is what our residents deserve.

“That’s why we’ve pledged £1.6 million to transform parks across the borough and give local families somewhere to go, encourage exercise and most importantly have fun.

“We’ve already completed the upgrade of Clayhall and Elmhurst Gardens and the work doesn’t end here, with many more of our parks benefitting from our long-term refurbishment programme.”

Cllr Rai added: “We’re dedicated to ensuring play areas in Redbridge provide a safe and enjoyable environment for all our young people and families.

“These spaces have an important role in residents’ everyday lives as they offer an opportunity for neighbourhoods to get outside, exercise in outdoors and spend time with their family and friends so I’m thrilled to be opening another brilliant new and improved play facility.

“I really hope residents will look after the equipment and help to make sure our parks are kept free of litter.”

Additional play equipment has also been added to Clayhall and South parks this year and a new drainage system has been installed at Barkingside Recreational Ground.

A junior play area is also undergoing work at Seven Kings Park which is due to be completed in summer.