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Playzone…..proving popular!

Salisbury City Council wanted to refurbish their much-loved play area in Victoria Park. They secured funding to replace the existing piece of junior play equipment and increase play opportunities for toddlers, to create a new play area which children of all ages could enjoy.

The council felt it was important to involve the public in the consultation process, so the local community were given the opportunity to cast a vote for their favourite between three playground designs. Sutcliffe Play South West’s proposal featuring the Climber for All multi-play unit was the favourite design, favoured by both the council and public.

As the dominant play structure in the play area, it was imperative the main play unit featured fully inclusive multi-play options for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy. Our Climber for All is a popular unit from our Playzone range that provides opportunities for physical development and social interaction, designed to develop problem solving skills.

There are six different ways to climb onto the multi-play unit, with higher agility accesses for the able bodied, a 2.4m high vertical net, a climbing wall and a rope climb. Equally challenging to less agile and younger children are the large inclined inclusive net, a drag ramp and high visibility, and extra wide steps. In effect – two units in one, with difficult step-ups and a hoop bridge between the two areas so children won’t stray into an area too challenging for them. Transfer decks and side entry/exit slides mean good access for children with mobility problems.

This unit has 13 forms of play, including social play where the equipment encourages social interaction, physical play to encourage fundamental movement skills such as climbing, jumping, swinging and balance, and imaginative play, with opportunities for children to role play.

‘We are delighted with the new play equipment at Victoria Park. The Climber For All has already become a firm favourite with local children and is great because it can accommodate a lot of children at one time.’ Polly Mason, Parks Officer at Salisbury City Council.

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