As part of a multisite project, each with varying budgets, we were tasked with revitalising the Redbridge Recreation Ground with new equipment and fresh new surfacing with a larger footprint. The recreation ground is a well-used site protected by Fields in Trust and wanted to provide more play facilities for younger children.
Before installation, we visited the site to measure the available area for equipment to ensure that all existing bases were able to be re-used, and no areas were left empty. Working within the existing play area, we then removed all equipment before extending and reutilising the wetpour bases which were then overlayed with new surfacing.
It was important to us and the client that we increased the core play values offered in the play area. The equipment we installed creates spinning, rocking, climbing, sliding and imaginative play opportunities.
The 2.4m high swing unit has four seats providing fun for all ages. A pod seat caters to toddlers, a tango seat means children of different ages and abilities, or a child and an adult can swing together whilst two bumper seats provide fun for older children.
We split the toddler play facilities into two smaller multi-play pieces of playground equipment to provide multiple play types at once in different parts of the play area. The Hop & Shop from out Minitown range has been designed with the pre-school market in mind and features nine activities including climbing, balancing and traversing to provide maximum play value in a small footprint.
The Daisy unit from our Toddlerzone+ range sits in another section of the playground. Another unit that maximises a small space, it’s packed with colourful fun activities including a slide, tunnel and deck to provide physical, social and imaginative play.
In summary, the new playground equipment at Redbridge Recreation Ground has made clever use of a smaller space to provide maximum play value for the community.
Kevin Wackett – Director of Parks & Open Spaces said:
“I am really pleased with the projects delivered by Sutcliffe Play over the last few years. All of the projects have rejuvenated older play facilities into spaces for children and families to come together and enjoy. These are positive changes to our parks, which have become invaluable to communities over the last few years.”