Rotherham Borough Council and Treeton Parish Council tasked Sutcliffe Play to work closely, to meet the brief to create an exciting, flexible and challenging play space reflecting a ‘naturalistic’ approach to play which also provides opportunity for children to use the space in an imaginative way.
Based in the heart of the community, Washfield Lane is the fifth play area in Rotherham to be opened in 2009 as part of the government’s Play Pathfinder programme. Rotherham Borough Council was selected as one of only 20 ‘Wave 1’ local authorities throughout England, to become a Play Pathfinder authority, enabling them to provide 29 new or improved play areas across the borough.
Design and Build
The design of the play area was developed following a number of community consultations and council meetings. Sutcliffe Play’s natural play designer, Patrick Martin, worked with Landscape Architect Andrew Burton from Rotherham Streetpride to turn the council’s natural play vision into a reality.