The current play equipment is meant to cater for children up to the age of 12, yet it can be mastered by children as young as 5 or 6. More importantly, we have no equipment that could be enjoyed by a disabled child and the uneven grassy environs make access for users and carers with limited mobility difficult.
The redevelopment encompasses a number of elements:
- The introduction of equipment suitable for disabled children, including a team swing and springer. The swing is a social piece of equipment that encourages children of all abilities to play together.
- A climbing boulder. Created to be highly naturalistic in design, these boulders allow children to develop their skills and physical abilities, to learn to calculate risk and to face new challenges which will help develop their confidence
- Adventure trail – linking current play equipment with obstacles such as stilts, rocking log, monkey bars and log walk. This equipment will help improve balance and coordination; it develops crawling and scrambling skills and tests agility.
- General levelling work to the park and construction of easy access, wheelchair friendly paths linking inclusive play equipment with picnic benches and the entrance.
What are we hoping to achieve:
- Increased use of the facilities will provide measurable benefits to children in terms of their physical, mental and social development
- Children with disabilities and limited mobility will have access to play equipment which would otherwise be accessible only to fully able bodied children
- Parents and grandparents will be able to encourage their children to gain full benefit from attractive and meaningful physical exercise and to lead healthier lifestyles
- The wider community will benefit through the improvement of this important village resource.
This project has enabled our whole community to work together. The children at the local first school have helped with the design, their parents are trying to raise the funds and local businesses are funding items of equipment. We have so far raised three-quarters of our target but still have another £10,000 to go. We hope that you can support us and help make these improvements.