Cookstown District Council wanted to create a new and exciting play area within Davagh Forest Park, renowned for its walking and mountain biking trails which have become very popular in Northern Ireland. The council wanted to make forest park a destination playground for children of all ages by encouraging visits from a wider geographical area whilst also serving the local community. The design was required to blend in with the natural surroundings of the forest and make the best use of the existing landscape.
Our Irish distributor Allplay designed a play area which used Sutcliffe Play’s Orchard range which is made from sustainable treated timber to complement the surrounding forest environment. The company incorporated the natural landscape by including a play mound with a tunnel and slide. With an inclusive basket swing designed to take several young children together and stepping pods to develop balance, Davagh Forest Play Park is suitable for younger children, whilst the adventurous Orchard Rex and Mammouth provides more challenging play for older children with more advanced motor skills.
Speaking during the opening Chairman of Cookstown District Council, Councillor Wilbert Buchannon commented: “Cookstown District Council area has prospered over the years through significant investment and this project is no exception…Davagh Forest Trails has grown from strength to strength and this new addition to the park facilities is a perfect example of how Davagh Forest is now a recognised recreational forest which caters for all markets.”