During the spring of 2012 works started to massively improve this play area, in the preceding year staff from Leisure Services had worked on the design with a community group which included local residents, Paul Bradbury, Pioneer Minister for Central Poole, parents of children attending Old Town First School and representatives of the residents of Grace Darling House, an Elderly Persons Dwelling adjacent the play area.
The community group led dialogue with the school, playground users and the community to arrive at the new layout. This consultation culminated in an event at the play area on 20th October 2011 at which the scheme was presented to the public.
The finished design is fantastic and the play area is a brilliant new addition to the range of play experiences across Poole.
The ‘natural play’ theme is based around a large pirate play ship with play experiences provided for as wide an age range as possible up to those aged 14. Poole Housing Partnership kindly donated £20,000 towards the scheme which was otherwise funded using 106 Developer Contributions (also known as Planning Obligations funding).
Improvements included the complete removal of old play equipment and installation of new equipment , the centerpiece of which is a 4.5m high timber pirate play ship. New swings, a balance trail, multi-directional swing, a dolphin multi-person springer and a ships hull seat.
To complement the above new gates, cycle stands, seating for both children and adults, two new picnic tables, new fencing, and a new footpath with games markings and re landscaping completed the works.
Green Road play area was officially opened by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Carol Evans with local children dressed as pirates to help her on Thursday 19th July 2012. The ‘Green Road play park group’ decorated the pirate ship, displayed images of their hard work that brought the park to fruition and also arranged for the Town Crier and Poole Marching Band to be part of the celebrations.
New “totem poles” were being designed and constructed by a local wood carver which have now been installed either side of the entrance gates. These were officially opened on May 1 by the Mayor of Poole, Councillor Carol Evans which completed the improvements.
The play equipment in this play area was manufactured and installed to comply with current safety standards applying at the time of installation and all items of equipment are provided with a safer surface where required.
The play equipment and the immediate surrounding areas are inspected on a regular basis. An annual inspection is also carried out by an independent qualified organisation that prepares a safety audit and a report to enable the Council to plan long term maintenance and renewal.
The site is accessable from Green Road with limited parking available we encourage the use of all our facilities by everyone. Please let us know if you have any suggestions on how we could improve this facility for you.
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