Sutcliffe Play Scotland has created a new state-of-the-art, recreational play area which provides exciting play for a wide range of ages and abilities whilst complementing the surrounding countryside.
Argyll Park in West Dunbarton, near Glasgow, is situated amongst spectacular countryside thanks to its proximity to the shores and mountainous back drop of Loch Lomond. The park, a recreational area, serves as a local gathering place for the community with football fields, a bowling club and a play area.
Sutcliffe Play Scotland was challenged with replacing the original playground, which was near the end of its life, with a new play space which would meet the needs of the community as well as enhancing the natural surroundings. The equipment needed to cater for a wide range of ages and abilities and provide social spaces for parents and carers. It also needed to be robust to withstand high levels of usage.
The design of the recreational play area centred around a giant Space Net and despite its large size, the rope structure of the net makes it relatively transparent, enabling it to blend into the surroundings.
“The net creates the perfect climbing tree for more adventurous children,” says Joe Duffy, Managing Director of Sutcliffe Play Scotland. “With its internal ladder challenges and varying degrees of difficulty this unit is suitable for a wide range of abilities and offers a controlled level of risk.”
The playground also features a unit from Playzone, a modular play system for 6 – 12 year olds which offers a broad range of play experiences. The unit features a scramble net and rope climb to challenge children.
The toddler area fires the imaginations of the younger age group with the use of interactive panels which challenge children and encourage physical development. It also features a unit from Toddlerzone, a range which has been designed to provide a wide variety of play challenges including climbing, balancing and coordination as well as social play.
The playground also features a wide variety of inclusive equipment including a dish roundabout and inclusive springie, encouraging children of all abilities to play together.
“The new play areas provides exciting and challenging play for a wide range of ages and abilities, offering challenging, physical play and inclusive play,” says Joe. “We hope it will bring enjoyment to children from the local area and beyond for many years to come.”