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Victoria Park to show off new play area in 2022


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2022 promises to be an extraordinary year for Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, as in addition to the world-famous bowling greens hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games lawn bowls and para bowls competitions, a brand-new play area is to be installed, bringing a four-year project to fruition.


In 2018, Warwick District Council and the community group, Friends of Victoria Park, jointly sponsored an online survey of Victoria Park users, with particular focus on potential improvements to park facilities.


Over one thousand park users responded to the survey and the results showed overwhelming enthusiasm for bringing new and more exciting equipment to the playground.


Councillor Alan Rhead, Cabinet member for Climate Change, emphasised the significance of this development: “Our play areas are a valuable asset for our children, not only providing them with a safe space to play but also in enabling their development. This will hopefully encourage people of all ages to use this valuable green space and in which to undertake exercise for their all-round health.


“This new play area will be a flagship for the area, building on the already established appeal of Victoria Park as a welcoming space for families.”


Multiple ideas were incorporated into a brief given to six innovative play equipment companies to submit their designs. 


At the top of the wish list was a major new multi-use play structure, with items like a zipwire and bigger toddler area also proving to be extremely popular. Occupying a slightly larger area than before, the new facility will boast a unique Tree House – 6 metres high with a long spiral slide and multiple play opportunities, as well as a trim trail, modern swings and trampolines, a bigger sandpit and toddler area and, between the paddling pool and skatepark, double racing zipwires. 


Speaking for the Friends, David Adams explains; “We were delighted to be part of the team who evaluated the supplier submissions and joined the Council experts in voting unanimously for the inspired presentation from the winning company, Kompan.”


You can view the visuals and follow the progress of this play area at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20311/major_parks/504/victoria_park/2 


Written by: David Watkins

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