Lightwater Country Park
“This brilliant new playground adds to the fantastic facilities at Lightwater Country Park”
Wicksteed was one of four play companies to enter the tender process for the new play area at Lightwater Country Park. Wicksteed was chosen as the overall winner after a comprehensive consultation. Following the decision, we worked closely with the client as amendments were required to the design to ensure we accommodated some of the requests raised by the park users. The existing timber play area was no longer fit for purpose and as such was in need of renovation. The beautiful heavily wooded surroundings of the park meant that timber was the obvious choice of material to replace the existing play products. The brief asked for a number of inclusive products, timber and net climbers and easy access to all play products.
After an £80k makeover, the fantastic new playground at Lightwater Country Park was opened on Friday 8 November at a ceremony in the play area’s new location next to the cafe. The new playground features two multiplay units, pick up sticks climbing frame, activity net, various swings including a basket swing, an agility trail, musical babel drum and a ‘rock ‘n bowl’ roundabout. The winning Wicksteed design was chosen following an extensive consultation held by SHBC earlier this year, including local children, followed by a public vote.
Lightwater Country Park is a 59-hectare area of predominately heathland habitat, which also features ponds, woodland, meadows and areas of scrub. The heathland within the Country Park has been designated a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), and as such is an important area of high conservation value. The park is home to a wide variety of birds, animals, insects and plant life.
Facilities and features of the park include walking trails, grazing livestock, fishing, a cafe, educational service, tennis courts, sports pitches and a leisure centre.
SHBC Portfolio Holder for Places and Strategy, Cllr Rebecca Jennings-Evans said:
“This brilliant new playground adds to the fantastic facilities at Lightwater Country Park. I’m sure local children will enjoy using it for many years to come, making the most of the great outdoors. As part of the Borough-wide playground improvement scheme, it represents part of our commitment to health and well-being by encouraging residents young and old to stay fit and healthy.”