Sutcliffe Play has worked with Milton Malsor Parish Council to transform an under-used playing field into a destination play area and meeting place for families. The Parish Council wanted a central grassy ‘Games’ plot surrounded by ‘Adventure’, ‘Social’, ‘Tots’ and ‘Traditional’ areas. The project was well supported by residents and local societies, who expressed a desire for tree planting, landscaping, seats and picnic tables’. Creating a durable playground that all ages could enjoy was very important to the Parish Council.
The Parish Council commissioned a Parish Plan. One of its recommendations was the provision of better facilities for young people. The council responded with a seven year plan to gradually build up funding to replace, or add to, the existing old play equipment of swings, roundabout, slide and seesaw.
As part of the ‘Playbuilder’ scheme consultation was carried out with children and young people at the school, the scouts and brownies and youth forum. In addition a list of questions for both parents and children were delivered to all village houses. The responses were good and informed the choice of play items for the 8-13 age group.
Design and Build
The Parish Council obtained three quotations and layouts from reputable suppliers. These were displayed on the Parish Council’s web site and at the village hall for comment. Following a further round of consultation with children, young people and villagers, Sutcliffe Play was selected as the company to work with on the basis of quality, design, value for money and prompt cooperation.
Sutcliffe Play began work on the site mid August 2010 and completed exactly on programme – including an independent safety inspection. Following this tree and shrub planting began to a design provided by a village garden centre, the rabbit fence was fixed, daffodils placed around the trees, wildflowers spread through the Adventure and Social areas and the picnic tables, rubbish bins and seats fixed in place. Most of this follow up work was done by the Parish Council’s elderly project team on bitter autumn days!
The official opening of the new Village Park took place on May Day as spring time is when local mothers advised their children most talked about wanting to play on the park.