Sutcliffe Play’s Mission Success!

Challening Mission in playground near WakefieldMission, Sutcliffe Play’s exhilarating play equipment is proving to be a huge success across a variety of different play settings.

Aimed at older children the play equipment is designed to offer challenging physical play opportunities that will keep children fit and active.

The fully modular system can be tailored to suit any area and budget. It is designed to encourage high energy invigorating play that focuses on climbing, traversing and descending in unique ways.  It features varying degrees of challenge, interspersed with resting surfaces and glides.  Its key features include ropes & nets, spring platforms, flexi rings, zip wire and climbing wall.

Hosing Estate… 

We recently worked with Wakefield Council to design a new £70,000 playground in Airedale as part of a scheme to tackle obesity by providing outdoor facilities.

The Council secured funding from NHS Wakefield District Change4Life Three Areas Project grant initiative after the Airedale was identified by NHS Wakefield District as one of the top three priority areas with particularly high levels of overweight and obese children.

We installed our exhilarating play system Mission. The fully modular system complements the Parkour range and includes ropes, nets, platforms and springboards to encourage climbing, traversing and descending in unique ways for high energy invigorating play.

A bespoke Parkour structure was also installed to compliment the Mission play equipment.

Cllr Maureen Cummings, cabinet member for the Environment and Communities said: “The play area is a fantastic addition for local residents and will encourage young people to spend more time outdoors socialising and keeping fit and healthy.”

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Green Flag Park…

Mission has been installed into a Green Flag park in Bromsgrove as part of a refurbishment programme.

Sanders Park is Bromsgrove’s Premier Green Flag Park, receiving more than 450,000 visitors a year and hosting many events and activities.

“One of our aims was to replace the old climbing units with something more innovative,” says Jackie Boreham, Parks and Green Space Recreation Officer for Bromsgrove and Redditch Councils. “We discovered the Mission unit being showcased at Playfair at Stoneleigh. We observed the coach-loads of children entering the fair and the fascination that the unit created, along with the sustained play opportunities available.”  

The Mission unit, which was funded by Bromsgrove Council local 106 funding, Rotary Club donation and The Shortbreaks fund for disabled children and their families.

Jackie adds: “The expressions of gratitude from parents and children have been fantastic – we have also received emails to thank us for our efforts in creating this great new facility!”

A letter from a parent, published in Bromsgrove’s local paper read: “I took my three boys, aged 11, eight and five, last week and they had a fantastic time. The new equipment is so well suited to older children and provides a challenge as well as something new and exciting to use.  It will bring hours of fun, exercise and excitement to lots of children.”

School…                                    

Children at Willows C of E Primary School in Stratford are enjoying the benefits of the exhilarating new play equipment.

The kit is being installed as part of a major refurbishment programme at the school which also includes the building of four new classrooms, a purpose built library and administrative block.

Janis McBride, Head Teacher says: “We had already decided on new play equipment but then we visited the PlayFair exhibition and fell in love with Mission!

“We involved the children in the decision making process as we felt it was very important that they are proactive in the development of their own environment. The outdoor equipment has been carefully chosen to allow the children to challenge themselves physically and to encourage them to take risks in a safe environment.”

The school has also installed a trim trail which is designed to complement Mission and create exciting circuits for children to complete.

Janis concludes: “We’re delighted with the new play equipment. The children have been finding new ways to play with it every day and we believe it’s play value will continue for many years to come.”

International Adventure Playground…

A Mission Glide Unit has been installed as part of Playland II, at Legion Keener Park in Pennsylvania.

The equipment was installed as part of a rebuild following a fire in June 2012 which destroyed a large portion of the playground’s equipment.

The local community and Latrobe-Unity Parks & Recreation joined forces with Play by Design to rebuild the playground with the help of volunteers following a wide range of fundraising activities.

Play by Design Co-founders Lee Archin and Dave Iannello, are both talented designers and community organisers who began the company based on their vision and passion for design and quality construction.

Lee Archin from Play by Design says: “We specialise in designing custom community built playgrounds which we typically complete in six days with the help of volunteers.

“It was fantastic to be involved in the Playland II build and the Mission Glide unit fits perfectly with the playground by offering children exciting and challenging play opportunities to help keep them fit and active.”

volunteers. There will be many opportunities for members of the community to become involved in this process over the next several months.

The official groundbreaking day for the rebuild is April 22nd, 2013 and work is expected to be completed by April 28th. Prior to the groundbreaking date, volunteers will be needed for various committee positions. Volunteers are also requested to help with labor during the week of the build.

There will also be fundraiser events leading up to the groundbreaking date to raise money for the project. Anyone that wishes to contribute but is unable or unavailable to volunteer can show their support through monetary donations toward the cause.volunteers. There will be many opportunities for members of the community to become involved in this process over the next several months.

The official groundbreaking day for the rebuild is April 22nd, 2013 and work is expected to be completed by April 28th. Prior to the groundbreaking date, volunteers will be needed for various committee positions. Volunteers are also requested to help with labor during the week of the build.

There will also be fundraiser events leading up to the groundbreaking date to raise money for the project. Anyone that wishes to contribute but is unable or unavailable to volunteer can show their support through monetary donations toward the cause.

Former Cemetery! 

We’ve recently created an exciting play area at a challenging and unique site within an old cemetery.

Grange Road Play Area in Gillingham, Kent, is situated in the old municipal Grange Road Cemetery which is now closed, having seen its last burial in 1940. The site was granted faculties for the creation of small play areas in 1977 and 1994, one of which was on a concrete ‘raft’.

We were challenged with installing exciting new equipment on the site as the old equipment had been tired and dated.  A wide range of equipment was installed including a Mission unit.

Clare Lanes, Medway Council Greenspaces Development Officer, said: “The Mission unit in particular has had a great response, and has encouraged children to play actively and challenge themselves.”

 The installation was particularly challenging due to the nature of the concrete surface. Sutcliff Play made the equipment to suit the site in relation to the depth of the concrete pad beneath. Plated footings were attached to extended posts and secured to the pad using chemical fixing bolts.

 Existing materials on-site were re-used and incorporated into the base where possible to minimise the environmental impact of waste from the site.