Happy holidays! Families are loving new play area
Published on: 26 Aug 2016
THE new play area has proved a huge hit with youngsters and their parents flocking to Page Park during the school summer holidays.
The play equipment, created by Bristol-based company TouchWood, was officially opened on June 12 to coincide with the Big Lunch but peaked in popularity during August.
It was designed to fit in with the surroundings by using natural materials and was paid for by a grant from South Gloucestershire Council as part of the authority's contribution to the Heritage Lottery Project.
It includes a multi-use piece of equipment featuring two slides and a pole, two swings - one for young children and the other designed to accommodate a parent and a child, a carved birds nest and a wooden house, which reflects the dovecote in a nearby oak tree.
Friends of Page Park are looking to add further equipment to enhance play in the historic park.
Friends' vice chair Steph Purser said: "It's proven very popular with children who love it. They're having a whale of a time.
"We've been quite surprised by how many more people it's bringing to the park. We are having more families come to picnic. Anything which brings families together, out in the fresh air enjoying themselves, is exactly what the lottery grant is all about.
"It's been noticed that parents and children seem to talk together, which they don't necessarily do in other play areas. Whether it's because it's a relaxed, natural environment I don't know, but it's very friendly with lots of communication going on.
"This is only the first stage of several stages of replacing the play equipment.
"Although there's no more money allocated for further play equipment, there are plans to find extra money to improve play in the park."