The new playground is a true community project involving the residents and visitors throughout its design and build process.
Inclusive equipment and facilities are a key theme through the new play area with sensory opportunities to stimulate the senses and enable children to see, touch, and hear the environment around them.
At the centre of the play area, the Journey Inclusive multi-play unit allows children of all abilities to play side-by-side. The unit can be approached from either end by ramps or the more challenging hoop climb or incline net, encouraging children to travel to either end to play games or slide back down to the ground.
Nicki Oliver from Whiteley Town Council says: “The Town Council carried out an in-depth consultation with residents and specialist user groups to ensure that the final playground met the needs of the community. Inclusivity was a key requirement and from all of the tenders we received Sutcliffe Play stood out as the best to meet the many needs of the community.
“The new Meadowside Extraordinary Park has already received a fantastic response from both parents and children. We delighted with the finished result and look forward to it benefitting the community for many years to come.”
The opening celebrates the completion of the first phrase of the project. The second stage will see Water Play & Sand Play areas plus more inclusive play equipment to be added in a second phase as further funds become available.