Improvements to play areas starts in County Durham
Work is due to start on improvements at four play areas in County Durham.
It is part of a government scheme, which has already seen 11 play areas benefit from £1.2m during 2009.
A further £603,000 is being used to create new play areas or improve existing ones at 13 sites across the county.
The first four areas to benefit from the funding are at Quarrington Hill, Bishop Auckland, Waterhouses and Waldridge Village.
A new play area in Eggleston and an improved play area at Seaham have already been completed as part of the project.
Brand new play areas are also being created in Ebchester and The Dales, Newton Aycliffe.
Improvements are also being made at Escomb Village, Shadforth, Howden le Wear, Cornsay Colliery, and Hawthorn Village.
Funding from partner organisations, mostly local town and parish councils, totalling £536,779 has helped fund the improvements.