Knowle Lane Recreation Ground in Kimberley was a well used park, which contained existing play equipment. This existing equipment, although in a fair condition was old and dated and offered very little in the way of an exciting and challenging play experience.
During 2011 Groundwork were approached to help develop proposals and consult with local people about the park.
Children at the school were involved in consultation about the choice of equipment, resulting in the re-design of the play area. Local residents were also consulted about the design and layout of the scheme.
Certain elements of the existing equipment were removed due to their poor quality, but the majority of existing equipment has been retained, and given a new lease of life with a lick of paint. The new play equipment includes a timber jungle climber, basket swing, embankment slide, roundabout and aerial roundabout unit. New seating has been installed as well as new areas of planting which help to break the space up, whilst at the same time integrating the new equipment with the old. This new planting includes species which will attract butterflies and other insects into the site, as well as adding colour and interest into the space, encouraging children and families to be more involved in nature and wildlife.
The new park is now open and the new equipment well used. A celebration event is planned for later in the summer.
Kimberley Town Council
Knowle Lane Recreation Ground, Kimberley, Nottinghamshire, NG16 2QA
Capital Cost £45,000
Nottinghamshire County Council Local Improvement Scheme