Hilltown Play Area (Spelga Park) - Newry, Mourne & Down
The project brief was to create a bright, colourful and fun play area for all ages and abilities. Inclusive play items were high on the list such as DDA approved wheelchair accessible Roundabout, Trampoline, Mini Basket Swing and various Sensory Play Panels. The customer wanted robust and vandal resistant steel equipment citing Wicksteed’s superior guarantees as a major benefit. We were asked to remove the existing play equipment and design a new play area within the existing footprint and to create a picnic area outside the playground. Some time into the project the customer decided to also include a Cableway which we were able to accommodate utilizing space behind the fence line and once the installation was completed the customer asked for inlaid wet pour graphics – Alphabet Caterpillar and Leaf Hopscotch, which we were also able to successfully achieve without disturbing the newly laid surface.
Residents in Hilltown will be able to enjoy their new play parks in their local communities, thanks to funding from Mourne, Gullion and Lecale Rural Development Partnership (MGLRDP).
Councillor Roisin Mulgrew, Chairperson of MGLRDP welcomed the funding news. She said,
“The need for this play park was established through extensive consultation with both local communities and will enable the children and young people in these areas to have equal opportunities to play and positively impact on their health and wellbeing. The regeneration works in this village will improve the quality of life for rural dwellers and their surrounding areas.”
Hilltown’s play park, located in Spelga Park, has recently undergone a major redevelopment and will now offer inclusive play for children and young people of all abilities with fun and interactive play features. Some of the features included the Esclabor Castle Multiplay unit that encourages children to climb slide and share adventures and encourages communication, patience and building strength and endurance. The residents wanted a picnic area that provided inclusive access for everyone and the picnic table located along the path for easy access for wheelchair users to sit around and join in along with friends and family. This is a welcome addition to the village of Hilltown and the play park is due to be officially opened in March 2020.
Client: Newry Mourne and Down Council
Project: Hilltown Play Area
Start: November 2019
Completion: January 2020