Stradbroke Parish Council wanted to upgrade facilities at two play areas in the village, one in Westhall and the other outside the Community Centre. The current playgrounds had not changed much since they were installed over 25 years ago and as the community continued to grow the Parish Council wanted to ensure the play areas continued to meet the needs of the community.
The Parish Council set up a working group to raise funds and consult the community on what they would like to see in the playgrounds. Whilst current facilities were functional more innovative equipment was needed to stimulate imagination and creativity for both toddlers and juniors but with particular focus on children under 5 years old as the current facilities did not cater for them.
A bespoke unit from Sutcliffe Play’s Toddlerzone range is the focal point of the Community Centre playground. The Climber unit is packed with educational elements that encourage toddlers to engage in social and physical play. A wobble bridge, ring climber and climb–up ramp help to develop balance whilst puzzles, binoculars and a megaphone encourage imaginative and educational play.
A timber tangle trail unit from the environmentally friendly Orchard unit encourages balance and coordination. Featuring beams and ropes children develop agility and concentration skills as they make it from one end to the other. Swings, a seesaw and inclusive roundabout complement these units.
The Westhall playground complements the kit at the Community Centre – alongside swings, a roundabout and a seesaw this playground features a 30m cableway and Low Rotator adding dynamic and invigorating play options. Two themed Springies provided are imaginative, exhilarating and fun to ride.
“The new playgrounds are perfect as they benefit the whole community. We have a lot of children, parents and grandparents regularly visiting the new playgrounds. People come to socialise, make new friends and have fun – all of which build on the great community we have in Stradbroke.”
Ellie Wharton, Stradbroke Parish Councillor