Landscape & Amenity

May 2016

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19 Enquiry 86 MAY 2016 Your essential guide for Sports & Playground Equipment in association with today & play activity New hub to support Schools Get Active Poor quality playgrounds and outside spaces may be holding schools back in the battle to tackle physical inactivity and childhood obesity. Well-designed, high quality facilities for outdoor play and learning, sport, PE and physical activity make a huge impact on school life, children's educational experiences, health and wellbeing. To help schools provide more opportunities for children to be active, the Association 0203 409 5303 'This is a great example of families being able to exercise and get healthy together. What was a derelict area of tarmac, has had this spectacular makeover and is now going to be great for all generations, for generations to come' Councillor Vivienne Lukey, London borough of Hammersmith and Fulham. of Play Industries (API) has created Schools Get Active – an online hub packed with useful tips and advice guides, resources and inspiring case studies. API Chair Mark Hardy says: "More and more schools are approaching API members asking for creative solutions to get children moving more throughout the school day, not just in PE and sport. "We wanted to provide a great place for schools to fi nd advice and inspiration to help them make the very most of their outside spaces. We're surprised that some schools still risk using non API play companies. "Choosing an API member g u a r a n t e e s p e a c e o f mind because it means working with a professional, r e p u t a b l e , e x p e r i e n c e d a n d f i n a n c i a l l y s t a b l e company, backed by a p r o f e s s i o n a l a s s o c i a t i o n that is committed to raising industry standards." Recent research by the API showed that more than six in ten (61.4%) parents feel that schools should be given more funding for better playground facilities and equipment. The API is the lead trade body within the UK play sector and campaigns at the highest levels for policy recognition for the value of play. API Enquiry 83 Holiday Park adds Timberplay cliff top play park Located just a ten minute walk from Whitby's iconic Abbey, perched upon the cliff top you will fi nd Whitby Holiday Park. With magnificent views across the North Sea, Whitby Holiday Park is busy throughout their entire season. Seeking to differentiate themselves from the many alternative holiday parks in the area, the park management decided that children's play was a very effective way in which they could increase their appeal to family visitors. They came to Children's Play Specialist, Timberplay, to create a play area of distinction, and one that was durable enough to withstand the extreme weather of their cliff top location. With a budget of £90,000 they managed to create a New play area to be built at Grafham Water Sutcliffe Play has been appointed by Anglian Water Services to design and install a £35,000 playground following an extensive design and build tender process. Work starts on the play area at Grafham Water in May, and will become a key attraction at the Visitor Centre appealing to young children and families as a destination picnic and play area Sutcliffe Play's design features 'Sand Play' equipment suitable for a wide age range, including inclusive play facilities for children of all abilities to play side-by-side, and will complement the natural surroundings of the play area. The play area will include a Sandwork multi-play unit, to encourage interactive and social play, with sand diggers giving children of all ages the play area with extensive play opportunities including water and sand play, challenging pieces like the Hexagonal Tower, and high energy elements for example the Whirlwind, or the Sailing Boat, moored at the play marina with play huts and springy stepping stones and seaworthy enough to take to the stormiest seas. Timberplay Enquiry 84 freedom to excavate and create in the sand. Springy pods, designed specifi cally to develop balance and coordination, and Kinderland stilts to offer more challenging play, will complete the play area. "At Grafham Water Park, we are extremely excited to be working with Sutcliffe Play to create a fantastic new children's play area just in time for the summer. The new 'sand play' area is sure to be a big hit with thousands of families which visit Grafham Water on an annual basis." Says Angela Tarry, Grafham Water & Northants Parks Manager. The new play area is conveniently located near to the current play area in Marlow Car Park, the Visitor Centre and Cycle Hire Centre. Work is scheduled to begin May 2016. Sutcliffe Play Enquiry 85

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