To create an inclusive community adventure playground for 5-13 year olds in an area of Portsmouth associated with high levels of poverty and and deprivation.
Design & Build
This groundbreaking adventure playground, combines supervised play provision with an open access play area. Parents in the locality were preventing their children playing out and the site itself was a disused lorry park at the end of a dead end road. Portsmouth City Council worked closely with the young people to look at their aspirations and needs for a play space, creating wish lists and going on trips to other play facilities in both Portsmouth and London. The design reflected this and the equipment was selected to be challenging to older children as well as suitable for younger ones. After the initial plans had been drawn up, the community was consulted once again, through resident meetings and schools. Open since October 2004, children now feel safe, and their families can now allow their children to go out and play.