Fifteen items of play equipment will be included in the new Ridgewood play area.
Town councillors have agreed to appoint HAG-SMP to provide and install a design which was approved after public consultation.
Details of the equipment to be provided at the play area on the New Road recreation ground are:
Fifteen items of play equipment incorporating:
- Five swings (1 tango + 1 cradle seat), (2 flats seat swings) (1 timber basket swing);
- Vippy See-Saw (rocking item – multi user);
- Rota Roka (rotating item – multi user);
- Titan frame (rotating/swinging item – multi user);
- Two climbing frames with bridges, platforms, tubes and slides; and
- Four items of adult fitness equipment (pull-up unit, parallel rails, recumbent cycle and lateral pull/chest press.
There will be a self-binding gravel access path to play area which will have a bow-top fence around, incorporating pedestrian gate access and vehicle gate access.
The 20m x 13.2m multi-use games area (MUGA) will have a black playing surface. Side fences are 2m high on the allotment side, 1m high on the other side and 3m high on the goal-end sides. Includes marking out for football and basketball.
There will also be one covered shelter located as part of the planting scheme and adjacent the play area.
A fully laid-out plan of sensory garden and includes preparation of ground to receive plants and details of proposed plant species.
Changes to the original design are:
- Inclusion of one covered shelter located as part of the planted scheme and adjacent the play area.
- Removal from the design of the two standard bench seats and litter bin.
- Inclusion of a fully laid-out plan of sensory garden including all ground preparation works ready to receive plants.
- Relocation of the play area slightly further from the car park. Allowance has been made to extend the gravel path from the car park to the new play area location.
The council is installing the new play area at Ridgewood as part of a rolling programme throughout the town.
Broadly speaking, the MUGA will be at the Eastbourne Road end of the playing field, towards the allotments.
The play area will be moved slightly down the hill from its current site, with the garden taking roughly the area occupied by the current play area.
*Each year the council puts aside money into an earmarked account to “save” for play area improvements.
The last area to receive a makeover was in Hempstead Road which has seen a big uptake in use since the work was carried out. The project was carried out by HAG-SMP.
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