Children have been climbing all over the new play equipment at the Frimley Park playground since its opening last week.
The playground with a difference was designed with sensory play and universal access top of the innovation list.
All the usual park elements are there, swings, slides and rope climbs, but there are also bright colours defining different areas - designed to help those with poor vision or with learning disabilities, things like congo drums and talk tubes, a wheelchair-friendly roundabout, artificial turf across the play area suitable for all mobilities, and a circular path for scootering.
Adding to the stimulating environment are 283 plants across eight species, chosen for their texture, scent and bright colours. The garden within the playground had been designed to appeal to children and adults with low vision or who focus on the texture of things
There are a bunch of other interesting statistics that have stood out in the construction of the playground: There is 51m3 of sand in the sandpit; 15 tonnes of sand spread over the Astroturf (for drainage and cushioning); the track circling the playground is exactly 118m (which means 17 laps will get you to two kilometres); under the roundabout there is a 1.5m deep hole filled with 1.37m3 of concrete; 300 tonnes of shingle and stone made up the base course; 32m3 of coloured concrete was incorporated into the design.
4 October 2017
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