A SPEAKER system is not something you would expect in a play area, but the high-tech feature is part of a major new project in Carterton.

The seating area at Alvescot Road recreation ground features speakers, which teenagers can wirelessly link their iPod music players, allowing them to play their own sounds.

The system does not work at night.

Mayor of Carterton, Norman MacRae used Friday’s ceremony to have a go on the new equipment.

The play area includes climbing frames, swings, and a zip-wire.

Mr MacRae said: “It was lovely to be young at heart again.

“The whole thing, everything, is fantastic, and I’m very happy to report there have been queues for all the equipment.

“This will give youngsters something to do and help them keep fit.

“There’s something for everyone — it’s first class.”

The project started a year ago, but it almost fell through after funding problems at Oxfordshire County Council.

But in October 2010, the £200,000 project — which will also include new pathways and a new performing area — was given the green light. The project will be finished by June 17.

Carterton Town Council, West Oxfordshire District Council and other granting-giving bodies also gave cash. It was designed by youngsters from Carterton Youth Council.