Sutcliffe Play has installed high-quality, inclusive play equipment at Mapledurham playing fields as part of Reading Borough Council’s larger improvement works in the area, including a new-build primary school.
The new larger, dynamic playground with improved accessibility includes a range of equipment for toddlers and children up to the age of 12.
At the centre of the new play area, the imposing Mission Foxfire unit caters to juniors, testing their strength and agility. Designed around a small circular traverse, it offers physical play including climbing, balancing and traversing with banister rails, nets, climbing wall and stepping poles.
For toddlers and younger children the inclusive Pull Up unit incorporates three challenging levels of activity with a drag ramp, climbing pole, slide and binoculars offering physical and social stimulation.
Further inclusive equipment includes springies, in friendly and familiar bee and ladybird designs, and a Scooter roundabout. Designed to accept a centrally positioned wheelchair, the inclusive Scooter roundabout is also fitted with a seat and deck-mounted scooter, enabling children to propel the roundabout with ease.
Wipe-out, a balancing board for children age 8-15 years, and a fast moving Quad Flyer aimed at older children and teenagers, complete the dynamic and stimulating new play area.
“The new play area is looking fabulous and I’m sure local children will really enjoy the new improved facilities. We know the old playground was very tired and as a result, little used. We anticipate the new playground will prove very popular and well used, given its location near the new school and the work to improve the park’s footpath network.”
– Councillor Deborah Edwards, Chair of the Mapledurham Playing Fields Trustees Sub Committee
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