Park and slide! Children’s £100,000 new wish-list play area opens in Exmouth

Children in Exmouth asked to design a new park have been granted a lifeboat-themed wish-list of trampolines, slides, a zip wire, monkey bars and more.

The Brixington park play area facelift has £100,000 of new equipment funded by East Devon District Council (EDDC), and cash given to the area by housing developers.

Children living locally helped design the new park, giving the council a wish-list of new equipment.

The new park now boasts trampolines, slides, a zip wire, monkey bars, climbing and more.


Dave Cook, EDDC Streetscene engineer, Exmouth and Brixington Cllr Cherry Nicholas, Cllr Maddy Chapman, both for Exmouth and Brixington, EDDC Cllr Cathy Gardner, EDDC Cllr Geoff Jung, Cllr Aurora Bailey and Cllr Fred Caygill, both for Exmouth and Brixington.


EDDC Cllr Cathy Gardner, Exmouth and EDDC Cllr Fred Caygill.


Cllr Geoff Jung


Exmouth Cllr Aurora Bailey with her family.

Councillor Cathy Gardner, EDDC chairman, said: “This play area is a dramatic improvement on the old and outdated play area that was there before.

“I’m sure it will be enjoyed by children for many years to come.

“The children that helped decide on the activities did a really good job.

“I’m proud that I was able to officially open this exciting play area with its new lease of life.”

The majority of the £100,000 came from main district council budgets, added to some Section-106 play area money from new housing developments, collected by the district council and prioritised by Exmouth Town Council for the Brixington play area.

Brixington Primary School youngsters and several community groups that meet at Brixington Community Church helped design the park.

Their most popular requests were sent to play equipment suppliers, who competed to draw up the best designs.

Cllr Fred Caygill, chairman of Exmouth Town Council’s Section-106 working party, said it was important to invest the cash in projects that promoted the health and well-being of adults and children.

He said: “The children of the area played a part in the decision-making process of the project in its design stage, which I am sure will give the children and their parents a feeling of ownership in this play area.”


Exmouth Cllr Cherry Nicholas, EDDC and Exmouth Cllr Maddy Chapman and EDDC Cllr Geoff Jung.


Exmouth Cllr Aurora Bailey.


Exmouth and EDDC Cllr Fred Caygill.


Exmouth and EDDC Cllr Fred Caygill.


EDDC Cllr Cathy Gardner, Exmouth and EDDC Cllr Fred Caygill, EDDC Cllr Geoff Jung.

Cllr Geoff Jung, EDDC portfolio holder for coast, country and environment, said: “A big thank you to all the children and young people who got involved and had their say.

“I’m very pleased that we were able to commit to funding improvements to this play area, which was at the end of its life.

“I’m looking forward to seeing the children and young people who helped design the play area enjoying it.”

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