Working with Telscombe Town Council on the simultaneous refurbishment of three playgrounds across the town proved to be an exciting project.
The £112,000 project refurbished the playgrounds which had originally been built over 20 years ago. It took place over a five week period so the facilities could be opened in time for the summer holiday, providing the community with an important meeting place for families.
The council consulted local residents associations, park users, the general public, playgroups and local schoolchildren on what changes they would like to see installed in the new playgrounds. Pupils from local schools visited the site during construction to help the contractors mark out their new playgrounds.
Each one of the playgrounds featured a piece of equipment that is new to the Sutcliffe Play range.
The Mayor, Councillor Brendon Rossiter, says: “The playgrounds have been transformed into attractive areas for residents and visitors to picnic and relax in. Children from a wide age and ability range now have the opportunity to enjoy up to date play equipment designed to help their physical and social development.”
Robert Kingan Playground
The Robert Kingan playground in Bannings Vale, East Saltdean was the first to be reopened.
The £20,000 project has refreshed existing features and seen the installation of new equipment to create a challenging and inclusive play area for children of all ages.
This is the first playground to have Sutcliffe Play’s two bay flat and nest swing combination which allowed for greater variety for the children whilst improving the inclusivity the company to install swings into a small space.
Other equipment installed a Pull Up Toddlerzone unit that caters for all abilities and a Dish Roundabout, one of Sutcliffe Play’s most inclusive products.
The playground was funded by Telscombe Town Council and a £10,000 grant from National Lottery Awards for All.
Ambleside Avenue Playground
The second playground opened shortly afterwards on Ambleside Avenue, Chatsworth South, Lewes.
The £32,000 project is one of the first places in the country to install Sutcliffe Play’s Orchard range. Orchard is a range of environmentally friendly timber play equipment which encourages physical, challenging play and social interaction.
The wood-based clamber units and trim trails have been designed to fulfil many of the developmental needs of children and are suitable for a wide range of ages and abilities.
Other equipment installed also includes Goal Ends with a unique sound-insulation system to keep noise at bay for nearby residents, swings, two trampolines and a boulder and log meeting place that fits in with the natural environment.
The playground was funded by Telscombe Town Council and a £20,000 contribution from The Peacehaven Big Parks Project
Kirby Drive Playground
The final playground to be reopened on Kirby Drive, Chatworth Park was opened by MP for Brighton, Kemptown, Mr Simon Kirby.
The £60,000 project involved removing of much of the 20 year old wooden-frame play equipment and replacing it with new, modern, interactive equipment that will give children and young people aged 3- 12 the maximum potential for fun and adventures.
For older children, a new tunnel slide and grass bank creates an inclusive, adventurous and challenging piece of equipment in a natural setting. Sutcliffe Play’s new Mission Protocol and Mission glide wire has also been installed. This is designed to encourage high energy and invigorating play that will help keep children fit and active.
The project’s improved landscaping and additional picnic bench seating is designed to make an attractive environment to encourage carers and parents to spend time in the play space and make maximum use of the new facilities. Areas of tarmac and stretches of wood-edging have also been removed and replaced with attractive, coloured safety-surfacing.
Mr Kirby MP adds, “The new play area is a terrific addition to local facilities in Telscombe. It will cater for a range of ages and provide new and interesting experiences. I pass on my congratulations to everyone who took part in this project. It is a great result!”
The playground was funded by Telscombe Town Council and a £20,000 contribution from The Veolia Environmental Trust which awarded a grant through the Landfill Communities Fund.