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New Play Area in Scotland

Client: West Dunbartonshire Council

Cost: £105,000

Date: 01/06/2012

Genre: Landscape, Community, Youth

New recreational play area in Scotland caters for all

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.”

Playground Equipment:

Recreational Area in West Dumbarton ScotlandHigh Swing Frame with Flat Seats: Produced for over 20 years, Sutcliffe Play’s swings are very robust as they are manufactured using hot dipped galvanised steel.

Low Rotator: This challenging three station rotator requires strength, balance and co-ordination. Children control the speed themselves, with centrifugal forces meaning that as they lean in, the rotator goes faster, as they lean out, it slows down.

Playzone ‘Pole Up, Pole Down’: Playzone is a modular play system for 6 – 12 year olds. This model is a compact unit, designed to be a little easier, with decks at 1.2m as well as 1.5m high. The scramble net and traditional slide provide an easier option for younger children, while  the 1.5m tower with rope climb makes for great play.

Single Point Swing: This piece of play equipment is an exhilarating, free form swing on which up to five children can sit or stand.  It can be used as a very dynamic piece of equipment or to give a more gentle motion for those less able, providing inclusive play.

Huck Rope Net Tower (6m High): This rope structure challenges challenge children just like trees do. Children experience a wonderful sense of achievement and exhilaration in reaching the top and looking out over their surroundings.  The play equipment helps to develop their co-ordination, strength and confidence.

25m Cableway with Ramp: Cable rides are dynamic play items great for open access play spaces. Noise and friction are reduced by a trolley mechanism with polyamide rollers and a spring system at the finish ensures a safe, controlled ride to the end. An integral brake prevents the seat moving on the cable when not in use.

Inclusive Dish Roundabout: One of Sutcliffe Play’s most inclusive items, this rotating dish can be used for fast, dynamic play. The rocking and rotating motion, combined with the body support and security provided by the dish shape, make this piece of play equipment accessible to all. The angle of the dish and its height make side transfer possible and minimise the lifting required by helpers.

Springie Seesaw: 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.

Inclusive Springie: This springie is specifically designed for more inclusive play and offers a seating arrangement which allows the child to get on and off without assistance. It gives good support whilst rocking

Toddlerzone ‘Two Turrets’: Toddlerzone has been designed to provide a wide range of play opportunities. This unit has a subtle castle theme which sets the scene for imaginative play opportunities. A spiral of shuffle decks enables most users to access the wide slide, and a net bridge leads to the second castle turret before returning to ground level.

High Swing Frame with Pod Seats:  The pod seat featured in this swing set is a revolutionary, technically superior seat for toddlers. Advanced rubber technology around stainless steel cables gives it flexibility, so the pod actually ‘hugs’ the child.

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