Young people will now be able to enjoy the new inclusive Warley Play Area after it was unveiled on Tuesday, July 10, at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with the Mayor of Brentwood, Sheila Murphy, and pupils from Warley Primary School.
Local residents, children, ward councillors and pre-schoolers from Butterflies Montessori School, gathered to celebrate the opening of the play area on The Drive. They were able to enjoy a range of free activities and sports provided by community organisations and some great giveaways from Brentwood Borough Council, scheme contractor HAGs, the Brentwood Community Safety Partnership and Tesco.
The play area has undergone a £235,000 refurbishment with new play equipment ranging from a wheelchair roundabout, sit-up swings, a springtime see saw and some sensory sound orbs. Also in the park are cable runways, climbing frames, large open swings and basket swings for more than one person. The area has been made more colourful and brighter as colours were selected to help those with visual impairments to attract and stimulate.
A new type of surface was used for the first time in our parks to ensure all-weather access throughout the year and new metal railings provide a new safer entrance along the main road.
Brentwood Borough Council worked with play scheme contractors HAGS on the refurbishment of the play area, which was funded by Section 106 monies received from the Warley Training Centre Development.
The play area has also been given Inclusive Play’s Community PiPA Accreditation – because it offers a wide range of equipment for all ages and abilities. This is the first of its kind in Essex.
Brentwood Borough Council’s Chair of the Community, Health and Housing Committee, Councillor Chris Hossack, said: “We were determined to have the play area completed and open just in time for the summer holidays so children will be able to enjoy it.
Warley Play Area is different and the first of its kind in Brentwood – it will make a real difference to the children in our area. And we are pleased it has been given Community PiPA Accreditation as a big part of the design was to include equipment that could be used by children of all abilities, making it as inclusive as possible.”
Members of Special Needs and Parents (SNAP) had a look around the new play park and the inclusive equipment when it opened.
The Brentwood-based charity offers help to families with children and young people who have a special need or disability. Paula Hills, a trustee of SNAP said: “We are delighted to welcome the opening of this new accessible play area in Warley.
“It is an amazing facility and it was great to see so many happy children enjoying the new equipment. Anything which takes into consideration improving the lives of all families in the community and particularly those with children who have any special need or disability is a positive development.”