Play parks transformed and ready for action
15 December 2022
Collapark play park in Totnes has reopened following a £100k makeover, with Westonfields park set to follow in mid-January.
Councillors from South Hams District Council, Totnes Town Council and Bridgetown Alliance representatives attended the official opening to mark the occasion.
After asking the local communities what type of playground they wanted for their children, the District Council used the information to tender a contract. Playground experts, Kompan, designed the playground equipment into an area suitable for pre-school and primary children, in line with the requests of the local residents.
The existing equipment has been removed and replaced with new freestanding wooden equipment and new safety surfacing has also been put in place throughout the parks. Collapark has also kept some of its existing long-lasting swings, which remain in good condition.
The new design has generated excitement from the children as they have watched the parks develop through their construction phase. The wide-ranging equipment will stand the test of time for children for years to come.
South Hams District Council has provided £60k from the Capital Play Parks Renewal Scheme, together with approximately £30k from reserved s106 planning funds. (Section 106 agreements are legal agreements between local authorities and developers, linked to planning permissions.)
Totnes Town Council has also contributing £10k towards the Collapark play area improvements.
South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Health and Wellbeing, Cllr Jonathan Hawkins, said: "It's always really great news when a play park is completed and ready for the children to use. As always, the new park has been designed to an incredibly high standard by Kompan to meet the needs of the Totnes families who will be using it.
"What makes this more special is the communities had a real input into the design of the equipment, so it closely meets the needs of the children who will be using the park.
"This has been a great community project from start to finish with joint working with our partner Totnes Town Council and with valuable input from Bridgetown Alliance.
"It is important to us that the children have great fun, gain social skills and develop their physical endurance. Parks are also a great way for parents and carers to get an opportunity to meet and have opportunities for some social time. Parks also don't have an impact on parents' finances which is incredibly important as finances are squeezed during the current cost of living crisis."