Haydon Wick Parish Councill have announced that the refurbishment of the Trent Road play area is well underway and should be completed by mid-December.
The plans will retain some of the current equipment and the play area will be expanded to include a basket swing, play panels, an accessible roundabout, wet pour graphics and a wide slide.
The specification for the Trent Road Play Area was to ensure that it was tailored towards the needs of children with various disabilities.
The council’s Community Led Plan aims to make play areas accessible for all. The parish council allocated £70,000 from earmarked reserves during budget setting for 2023/2024 for the refurbishment and enhancement of a Trent Road Play Area in Greenmeadow, Haydon Wick.
The parish council says it is passionate about eventually making all 23 play areas for which is responsible accessible for all children of varying ages and disabilities. The refurbishment of five of these within the last three years is significant progress.
Charities Benjamin’s Smile and Mums on a Mission, together with Greenmeadow Primary School, were tasked with reviewing the tender bids received from various play area companies and coming up with a list of which items they would like to be included within the Trent Road Play Area.
Wicksteed won the tender for its innovative designs, utilising the budget and giving maximum play value within the space due for enhancement and the provision of several accessible friendly panels.
The parish council will be protecting the new assets with the provision of CCTV to ensure that the equipment is looked after well for years to come and to ensure that individuals and families using the play areas feel safe.
Pupils of Greenmeadow Primary school made some comments showcasing the importance of accessible play.
“I could go on the roundabout with my sister who is in a wheelchair."
“That seesaw design is brilliant if you aren’t able to move like me.”
“Some people are deaf and can’t hear like us so having sign language for us to learn is
“I love how colourful the play area is."
A parish council spokesperson said: "We'll contine to share the progress of this exciting project on Facebook and our website."
Futrther information can be found at haydonwick.gov.uk
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