An upgrade of five of Witney’s play areas is set to begin.
Contractors will begin work in the next week or so on the £48,000 project, after councillors selected equipment that would fit available space in five of the town’s play areas. It is hoped that the modern, bright and colourful equipment will add interest and play value to the parks, for older children as well as little ones.
One such play area set for a boost is at Newland’s King George V Fields, where a new IXO multi-climbing system is to be installed, incorporating slides, ladders, platforms and bars. The new apparatus will cater for children of all ages and abilities, with the additions also including a Speed Gyro roundabout, with a non-slip deck, which at 400mm from the ground is the perfect height for transfer from a wheelchair.
Multi play Ixo for King George V field
There will also be a fresh look at the Fieldmere Close play area, with the installation of a climbing and balancing trail, including a balance beam, log walk, stepping stones, and a rocking log. The play area on Moorland Road, meanwhile, is set to welcome a brand new cone-shaped rotating climber, which is bound to appeal across multiple age groups.
Small improvements will also be made to play areas at the Leys and Burwell, which have been updated more recently. The music station at Burwell Recreation Ground is being replaced by a climbing hut, playhouse, and eight-seater wooden see-saw, while the Leys – which until now has had an absence of equipment for younger children – will feature a new toddler slide and tunnel unit.
The equipment is being installed across Witney by specialist suppliers Proludic, and will begin to appear over the next few weeks.