Welland Park is a Green Flag Award winning park with excellent facilities. Situated alongside the river it is a popular green space attraction for families and children. On-site facilities include crazy golf, tennis, bowling, a café, and plenty of walks and picnic areas.
The project brief was to revamp play in Welland Park into a state of the art area that matched the other facilities. The aim was to develop a "destination park" that local people and people from neighbouring communities could also enjoy.
A destination park can be defined as a large play area that is free and accessible for all users.
Harborough District Council were particularly impressed with Proludic’s ability to incorporate natural elements into the design, so chose the company to design and install this unique playground.
The toddler area included a beach-style Hawaii unit in sand surfacing and a water unit. For younger children this area would be like visiting the seaside for the day.
Junior to teen age children could enjoy the dynamic sports equipment on offer. This included a Rodeoboard, which is a challenging item of equipment that takes its inspiration from windsurfing.
For those interested in fitness, the Vitality Units provided suitable facilities. Based on gym style equipment, these elements provided an excellent workout that builds muscle strength and endurance.
At the central area of the park was a tall Volcano tower with tubular slides and varying climbing levels that all children can access.
Welland Park now provides a range of play equipment for all ages and abilities. The play area balances natural and urban zones, combining both timber and metal materials suitable for various levels of ability and different age ranges.
The park was opened to local children and families who were thrilled with the facilities. Children on the day described the park as "wicked" and "awesome". Gill Hicks, a July 7/7 London bombing survivor and four-year old leukaemia sufferer Eva Winston-Hart officially opened the park to a packed crowd of onlookers. Eva’s mother, Amy, commented on the new equipment: "I think it’s absolutely fantastic. It’s very safe and there is lots to do."
Aileen Shackell, lead author of the Play England Design for Play guide has also been impressed with the layout of the park. "The play space at Welland Park is a good example of a layout in which the equipment and landscape setting have been designed together; taking this ‘landscape-led’ approach to the design has enhanced the equipment considerably."
Matthew Bills, Public Spaces Manager at Harborough District Council said: "It’s raising the bar for play areas across the country."