New inclusive playground opens in Biddenham

Biddenham pavillion playpark Image Biddenham Parish Council
Biddenham Pavillion play park. Image: Biddenham Parish Council

A new inclusive and accessible children’s playground has been opened at the Pavilion in Biddenham with children invited to hunt for sweets around the area to celebrate.

Parish Cllr Laura Simmonds opened the playground earlier this week (28 February) watched by a crowd of children, eager to put the new playground through its paces.

The new playground, constructed by Proludic, was funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) from the new Saxon Park development on Gold Lane.

David Brough, Parish Clerk, said that the old playground was run down so the Parish Council decided to replace it and create a new “more inclusive play area” using hard-wearing wood in a style “to match the playground at Saxon Park.”

Annabel Brown, Area Manager, and Russell Dyer, Contracts Manager, of Proludic, explained the concept behind the new design.

“We wanted to create a woodland nature feel,” she said.

“We used acorns and leaves within the design for the flooring. Even though the equipment has a natural wood aesthetic, the flooring brings an element of colour because young children are stimulated by colour.

“Another issue with the old playground was the loose bark surfacing, which was not accessible for prams and wheelchairs. So, this has been replaced to make it accessible all year round.

“We wanted to make sure we catered for a high number of users and children of all abilities. So, there are inclusive wheelchair-accessible items such as the roundabout and the trampoline. The pod swing is also designed at wheelchair transferable height.

“We also included tactile and sensory items like the playhouse, the two play panels and the talk tubes. These are all situated at wheelchair height and are good for children with autism.”

For older children, more challenging play areas have been included, such as the net climb up the four-metre treehouse tower and the monkey bars.

Parish Cllr Laura Simmonds said: “The Parish Council are really proud and excited to be in a position to be able to provide a brand-new state-of-the-art park for the village and I hope that, as Spring kicks in, there’ll be lots of happy times here.”

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