Exeter children’s play area gets £110k revamp

A children’s play area in Pinhoe, Exeter, is undergoing a £110,000 revamp.

The facility in Station Road is being refurbished after local residents were asked what sort of equipment they would like to see introduced.

It is hoped the refit will be completed by the summer holidays, but this is weather dependent.

The  Pinhoe children’s play area project is being funded with developer’s cash.

“The new play area has been designed to provide a challenging and enjoyable mix of equipment for children of all ages and abilities,” said an Exeter City Council spokesperson.

“Along with the traditional favourites of swings and see-saws, there will be two split-level play towers designed for toddlers and juniors, a challenging 4.1m high mizzenmast climbing net, buddy board rocker and giant rope swing designed for groups of children to use together.

 Some of the new equipment set to go into the Pinhoe children’s play park in Station Road. Picture: Exeter City Council

Some of the new equipment set to go into the Pinhoe children’s play park in Station Road. Pictures: Exeter City Council

“There are also features designed specifically with accessibility in mind, including a roundabout installed to ground level with a designated wheelchair station, swing with face-to-face seats, play panels, musical panels and sensory areas.”

Councillor David Harvey, lead Councillor for environment and city development, said the new play area was being funded by developer contributions from a nearby housing development.

He added: “We were keen to find out exactly what people wanted from the play area and carried out an extensive consultation exercise with those living in Pinhoe, as well as the local schools.

“When it is completed, I am extremely confident that it will be just what locals want from a play area.”

The play area is being delivered by Wicksteed Ltd on behalf of the city council using locally-based installers. When finished, an official open day will be planned, details of which will be announced nearer the time.

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