Williamson Park in Lancaster is home to the iconic Ashton Memorial and contains 54 acres of beautiful parkland, It is a popular destination in Lancaster and its two playgrounds required a makeover following many years of heavy use by an increasing numbers of visitors.
With funding from the Council, and a £30,000 grant secured by volunteer group the Friends of Williamson Park from the Lancashire Environmental Fund, Sutcliffe Play was tasked with transforming the play areas, one for under 7’s and the other for under 12’s.
It was important that the equipment selected was in keeping with landscaped grounds and listed buildings.
To complement the playground’s natural setting, the robinia wood range was used as the primary equipment. The wood-based units are made with a unique sculptural, textural quality.
The focal point was a Climbing Shipwreck built into the rubber surfacing which encourages imaginative play, co-operation and social interaction. The attached climbing net enables children to develop balance whilst also providing physical and exciting play opportunities.
Wooden stilts and running plates were set at varying heights for children to hop from one to another, developing balance and the skills of judging distance and risk.
Inclusive elements included a nest swing, roundabout and Climb & Slide unit to ensure that children of all abilities could play side-by-side.
Will Griffith, the Public Realm Operations Manager, Lancaster City Council commented
“Williamson Park has never been busier with a record number of visits since the new playgrounds opened. Visitors love the park, the grounds and all the improvements that we’ve made over the last few years, but one area that’s regularly commented on is the play facilities. The range fits perfectly in the setting and helps to create a more adventurous and natural feel.”