Elton Park, Great Sutton, Wirral

School children help choose new equipment

Elton Parish Council

Elton Park community play area, located at the rear of the village hall, included very tired, old play equipment that was in desperate need of restoration. Originally, because of budgets only a simple refurbishment of the play area was achievable, however fundraising by Elton Parish Council enabled the existing site to be transformed and additional Sutcliffe Play equipment to be installed. The council wanted to rejuvenate the space to provide adventurous play opportunities for children of all ages.

Local children from the adjoining school were instrumental in the selection process for the new equipment as they would be regularly using the play area.  Many of their suggestions were incorporated into the final design. The children also visited the site during construction to see the progress of the new play area.

The new play area features exciting equipment for toddlers, juniors and older children, including a Mission Target centrepiece structure which provides high energy, invigorating play opportunities and features curved banister rails, spin pole and a challenging net climber.

A variety of play equipment surround the Mission Target, including springie and stand up seesaws, oyster roundabout and Tarzan traverse; providing exciting and innovative play opportunities for children of a wide range of ages and abilities.

Sutcliffe Play also refurbished existing parts of the play area including the swings, fencing and gates, as well as providing new surfacing throughout.

“The play area at the rear of the village hall was in desperate need of upgrading. We initially had planned for a simple refurbishment of the existing space, however Sutcliffe Play brought a number of fundraising leads to our attention, which enabled us to purchase additional new equipment. Without this vital fundraising, we wouldn’t have the fantastic new play area we do today!”

Play Equipment 

Mission Target: Like its name, Target has a centre to aim for, it consists of a maze of random platforms at different heights. Compact in design, it’s ideal for smaller spaces and incorporates our exhilarating curved banister rails, spin pole and challenging V net climber. Make it to the centre and there are spaces to stand or sit and rest a while.

Springie See Saw: Imaginative, exhilarating and fun to ride. They have easy grip hand and foot holds with anti-slip ends. Ground fixed, they are easy to maintain as the spring can be easily removed from the top and bottom fixings.

Stand Up See Saw: The standing seesaw can be used in various ways, stand on the bottom foot rests or on the handles higher up, sit on the beam and use the handles as a perch. Younger children can also sit in the middle helped by older children either side.

Playzone Talk Tubes: Position these at either end of the play area and children will even be able to hear each other whispering. With a maximum distance of 20m apart, the underground tube is flexible so it can go round corners.

Jungle Bridge: Consider the age group intended to use you trail. Younger children may prefer more play orientated activities at lower levels rather than more sporty elements requiring strength and co-ordination.

Tarzan Traverse: Consider the age group intended to use you trail. Younger children may prefer more play orientated activities at lower levels rather than more sporty elements requiring strength and co-ordination.

Oyster Roundabout: With its rocking bearing it can provide a supportive environment for younger and less able children where a more gentle motion can be introduced. The flat platform is also advantageous to aiding access in and out of the dish, ideal for use in an inclusive playground.

Ladybird Springie: Ladybird Springie, specifically designed for more inclusive play and offers a seating arrangement that allows the child to get on and off without assistance while giving good support whilst rocking.

The Details
ClientElton Parish Council
Cost62,000
DateOctober 14
GenreCommunity