PHOTOS: Ottery children’s play area reopens after £50,000 revamp as hundreds of youngsters help with design

A play area in Ottery St Mary has had a £50,000 revamp after hundreds of children helped with its new design.

The Winter’s Lane space now boasts a 12-metre zip-wire, a ground-level trampoline, rope climbing pyramid, slide and puzzle panel.

It also features a climbing area, picnic bench, toddler swing and a toddler and parent swing.

Youngsters enjoying the revamped play park at Winter's Lane in Ottery. Photos: EDDC

Youngsters enjoying the revamped play park at Winter’s Lane in Ottery. Photos: EDDC

Youngsters enjoying the revamped play park at Winter's Lane in Ottery. Photos: EDDC

The five-figure scheme is the first to be delivered by Ottery Town Council using cash from housing developments in and around the town centre.

A new multi-use games area and improvements at the Land of Canaan are to follow.

Youngsters aged between five and 14 at Ottery Primary School and The King’s School were asked how they wanted to see cash splashed on the facility.

Parents and carers of those aged under five were also contacted through Facebook.

This tot was enjoying the new facilities at the Winter's Lane play area in, Ottery. Photo: EDDC

This tot was enjoying the new facilities at the Winter’s Lane play area in, Ottery. Photo: EDDC

East Devon District Council (EDDC), which owns the plot, then tasked several companies to submit proposals for children to vote on.

Sutcliffe Play’s proposals were successful.

Getting into the swing of things at the revamped play park in Winter's Lane, Ottery. Photo: EDDC

Getting into the swing of things at the revamped play park in Winter’s Lane, Ottery. Photo: EDDC

Ottery mayor Councillor Vicky Johns said: “During the recent pandemic it has become much more obvious that local facilities are very much needed and necessary.

“Play parks are not just somewhere for children to play, they also provide many learning opportunities through different types of play, including physical, emotional, imaginative, cognitive and the much-needed social development.

“A play park is a place where adults and children alike can meet up safely and we hope the residents of Ottery will enjoy the new facilities chosen by hundreds of local children.”

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