Statement: Central Park Play Space

The Central Park Play Space is suffering from a lack of rain

The Central Park Play Space is suffering from a lack of rain

We know that people have been looking forward to enjoying the new Central Park Play Space and we were really looking forward to opening it in time for the school holidays.

But sadly, this is not going to be possible.

We’ve all enjoyed the sunshine that we’ve had over the past month or so. It’s been glorious and so nice to see people outside enjoying the weather.

While the weather has been great for installing the new play equipment it hasn’t been so good for the grass in the play area. And that is where we have a problem.

You see, we just can’t get the new grass in the play space to grow out of the ground, let alone become the lush surface we hoped it would be.

Could we open it anyway, without grass? No, otherwise we would.

The lack of rain means the soil has turned to dust. When this dust gets on the new equipment, it will make it slippery, and we don’t want anybody getting hurt or dust in noses and eyes
Our teams have spent the last few weeks on the phone looking for other options. Could we turf it rather than seed it? No, still too dry. Also, no one was willing to supply turf in this weather.

Could we use artificial turf? Yes, but we’d have to dig up the entire park and put concrete down, which would take just as long as waiting for the grass to grow, if not longer. We want the site to be as natural as possible for the community and for wildlife.

It’s really disappointing for all of us. We just could not have foreseen a heatwave like this.

We know that this will be disappointing to parents who are looking for things to do with their little ones during the summer holiday.

So we’ve come up with several events in the park over the summer – things such as butterfly walks, bat box building and we’re looking to run some sports related sessions.

We know that Central Park is many people’s favourite but this is a good chance to give some of our other parks a bit of love. Why not try Victoria Park or Devonport Park or any one of our other 127 play spaces.

The big question is when will the play space be open? The honest answer? We can’t be sure.

In the meantime we will do our best to get it open as quickly as we can but we have to be sure that it is safe for everyone before we do.

Keep an eye out on our social media for more details about the play area and the summer events. Bear with us, we’ll update you as soon as we can.