Frequently Asked Questions

When will the play area be ready?

Work has now started on the play area and it is estimated to finish in April 2022.

What will it look like?

There is more information and also a gallery of the design on our website. Find out more about the play area design.

Is it accessible for children with disabilities?

The play area features lower-level apparatus, crawling tunnels and sensory planting.

We have also awarded ARCOS (Association for the Rehabilitation of Communication and Oral Skills) a Section 106 grant in November 2021 to support their extension of their SMILE Project.

The project will see the renovation of its outside space so it is safe and practical for children with special needs to use. It will include an all-weather outdoor therapeutic area with play equipment, a sensory and horticultural area and a community café.

The new outdoor space will provide children with an improved learning and sensory experience, helping increase communication skills, physical wellbeing, confidence, and social interaction, which will enhance their overall well-being and mental health

The aim is for the project to be complete by April 2022. Visit the ARCOS website.

What is happening to the carved tree?

Nothing, the tree is staying where it is.

Why isn't there a splash pad?

The cost of installing a splash pad was too expensive. Indications showed it would cost twice as much as the overall project to include the feature. As well as this, the area would pose maintenance and safety implications due to its proximity to the trees and their leaf-fall.

The cost of installing a splash pad was too expensive. Indications showed it would cost twice as much as the overall project to include the feature. As well as this, the area would pose maintenance and safety implications due to its proximity to the trees and their leaf-fall.

Will there be a fence around the play area?

No, current design standards state that a fence is only needed if a hazard is present. The council worked closely with the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (ROSPA) to come up with the bespoke design and there will be a safety check when work has finished.

Will dogs be allowed in the play area?

Dogs will not be allowed inside the play area. Dogs must be on a lead in the park and owners should clean up after them. We will soon be conducting a consultation about a Dog Control Public Space Protection Order.

Where are the swings/slide?

There is a basket swing which is suitable for people of all abilities. There is also a group swing and a slide attached to one of the climbing frames.

What age range does it cater for?

Toddlers to teenagers.

How much did the play area cost?

Over half a million pounds.