Local children have helped to select play equipment during the transformation of six play areas in Newport which have been designed and installed by Sutcliffe Play.
An extensive upgrade of the sites, enabled by capital and Section 106 funding, has made exciting and innovative play equipment available to children of a wide range of ages and abilities.
Equipment at four of the play areas – Marshfield Dairy, Thompson Avenue, Tredegar Park and Jubilee Gardens – have been upgraded, while completely new play areas have been installed at the two others, Ribble Walk and Bettws Lane.
“Some of the sites were in desperate need of upgrading,” says Mike McGow, Parks and Outdoor Recreation manager at Newport City Council. “We wanted to increase the longevity of the play areas and make them more accessible for children.
“Local children and user groups were instrumental in the selection process. For each project we conducted consultation with the children who would be using the equipment, and their suggestions were incorporated into the designs.”
The chosen designs are tailored to suit each play area’s requirements. Tredegar Park, for example, is a city-based park with a high footfall, and features exciting equipment suitable for high volumes of children, such as a space net, a large Playzone unit and a range of inclusive equipment.
At Ribble Walk play area, which is within a large open access space, the play equipment makes use of natural features: for example, a large tunnel and slide are set into an embankment.
“We have had very positive feedback from local children to the new play areas,” says Mike. “The new equipment offers improved skill-building and development opportunities for children, and we’re sure it will benefit them for a long time to come.”