Royal Town opens castle themed accessible play area
Mayor, Cllr Nic Hughes, Mayoress, Cllr Sue Hughes and Town Crier, Owen Collier opened a new accessible, castle themed play area in Royal Wootton Bassett on Thursday 13th August, designed to enable children of all abilities to be able to play together on the same equipment.
The new scheme at Old Court park Royal Wootton Bassett (next to Noremarsh Junior school), offers a red and yellow multi play castle, complete with flags featuring the town’s Royal crest.
Less obvious to the casual passer-by however, are the range of design features there to provide challenge and accessibility to children who have a variety of needs and abilities.
These changes include; varying access points; wide and slim slides; narrower gaps between steps on rope bridges; contrasting colours on safety handles; shade; and a supportive swing; – all there to enable children with different needs, to play on the castle together.
The socially distanced opening, follows on from 2 years of research by the Chair of Amenities, Cllr Sue Hughes who worked closely with local families, children, schools and a playground specialist, in order to learn what changes could help.
Funded by around 80% in grants and made of recyclable materials, the Mant Leisure play area was built by Royal Wootton Bassett Town Council with a view to offering residents a low cost and eco-friendly enhancement for their children.
Chair of Amenities Cllr Sue Hughes, said:
“Working together with families, the community and Mant Leisure, has enabled us to shift the way we look at play equipment for our town’s children. One which will last beyond the life of what we have built here and extend across our play areas. The time everyone has given has made a very real difference.”
Mayor, Cllr Nic Hughes, said:
“I’m proud to open this play area not just because its new or even because of the opportunities it offers to all our children, but because once again it shows how well our wonderful community works together to enhance the lives of everyone within it.”
Young dignitaries will be able to explore and enjoy their new realm at Old Court Play Area from Thursday 13th August.