Poetry in the play park


Children from a local school are adding some unique magic to one of Central Park’s exciting new assets.

The enchanting toddler area, which is being built as part of the improvements to the play park, will feature logs with words and poetry devised by pupils from Montpelier Primary School.

Over the next few weeks, the children will work with the Council’s Natural Infrastructure team to create some lovely lines which reflect the park’s theme of Birds, Bugs, and Butterflies.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “Central Park was originally left to the people of Plymouth for their enjoyment so it is absolutely wonderful to see a new generation of young people being actively involved in developing it for the future. This is such a lovely project and I can’t wait to see and hear what the children come up with over the next few weeks.”

Having been introduced to the concept with an assembly last week, the children from Montpelier visited the site on Thursday to see for themselves where the park will be located and to gain some inspiration from the surroundings. They also got a sneak peak at the designs for the wider park.

The children will then benefit from a workshop exploring nature poetry and literacy and create the text for the logs with the Plymouth Outdoor Learning and Education Network team.

The new play area is part of the ongoing Central Park Improvement Plan.  The theme of bugs, birds and butterflies came out of consultation during the summer where people were keen to see the nature of the park reflected in the design.

There will be a large fenced area which includes enchanting toddler play such as sand and water and mini-tree houses and equipment for all abilities such as multi-person swings, a roundabout, water pumps and trays, and a huge sandpit surrounded by decking.

The adventure play will be open with a more dramatic feel and will include 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, will remain and it will be upgraded and resurfaced.

Other good quality equipment is being removed and will be reused to improve other play areas in the city.

More information on the Central Park Improvements project can be found here.