The Central Park Play Space is now open!
Packed full with new equipment and with an environmental and nature-themed design, the area is bigger and better than before and promises to make the park a destination for local families and visitors alike.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Streetscene joined pupils from a local school to formally open the park on Tuesday.
The children from nearby Montpelier School have had their own unique input to the new play space, having written the poetry engraved onto logs by the wooden tipis at the top of the site.
A special event will be held at the play space on Saturday 20 October to celebrate the opening, with children and their families able to join in with organised games and activities suitable for all ages and abilities.
Councillor Sue Dann, Cabinet member for the Environment and Streetscene, said: “We promised that we would deliver the improvements to Central Park so it makes me very proud to be able to open the play space today.
“Central Park is the largest recreational park in Plymouth and an important green space so it is fitting that we now have this fabulous, state-of-the-art facility for children to enjoy.
“Opening the play space is just the beginning. There are lots more exciting things to come in Central Park over the next few months.”
The new play space has three key areas.
The first two areas are fenced and include toddler, sand and water play with features like multi-person swings, a roundabout, balance beams, water pumps and trays and a huge sandpit surrounded by decking.
The third area is open with a more adventurous feel and includes a huge climbing/sliding structure, trampolines, hammocks, a low ropes course and double zip wire.
Some of the existing larger equipment, including the space net and existing water play feature, remain and have been upgraded and resurfaced.
In order to complement the natural setting of the park, the theme of the new play area is ‘Birds, Bees and Butterflies.’ Set around trees, it uses materials like timber and includes soft landscaping to encourage children to enjoy nature.
Find out more about the plans for Central Park here – www.plymouth.gov.uk/centralparkimprovements