This lovely site in the village next to the Cricket Club was already a much loved playground but in need of updating, so our brief was to provide a natural play space for all ages and abilities of children from 2 to 13 with new swinging, climbing and sliding equipment.
Particularly important was that is was fully inclusive for local families so we have included a roundabout suitable for wheelchair users, a climbing structure that can be climbed easily with good handrails and a basket swing accessible from a level new safety surface to allow all children to play together. The equipment is accessible and progressive, allowing children of different ages to play together and test their physical abilities.
The new swings hang from a round pole robinia frame that matches the play equipment, we have selected seats that provide different forms of interaction for the younger age group; a basket swing is excellent for children with disabilities and group swinging, a Tango swing allows and adult and toddler to swing together face to face, the cradle seat is perfect for toddlers and a flat swing for older children and adults.
The Fort has 2 platforms linked by a rope wobble bridge The slide is 1m wide making it accessible for sliding in groups and there is plenty of space to allow adults to assist. Climbing up is relatively straightforward on a series of clamber boxes making it very accessible and for a quick down route there is a Fireman’s Pole.
A new path in a contrasting colour for definition leads from the main entrance to a new gate into the Cricket Club grounds to create a safe route away from the road.