A new playground being enjoyed in a public park isn’t much of a story. What makes this playground special is the way in which it came about and how it’s designed.
Calverley Adventure Grounds (CAG) engaged with the community to identify what it felt was missing from Calverley Grounds and which parts of the park needed enhancing. It then designed equipment that encourages children to work with each other and their parents and carers. It then raised funds to pay for a new play area and equipment.
Engaging with the community, asking people what they want and where, and a design that is based on inclusivity; these seem like solid principles for those embarking on community-wide projects. Well done CAG.
The new playground in Calverley Grounds opened in September 2017 and so far has been enjoyed by hundreds of children.