Work will start next month to create a new play trail in one of Doncaster’s most popular parks.
The new facility in Sandall Park will cater for children aged two and upwards, including those with disabilities or learning difficulties.
The new equipment will enhance the existing popular adventure trail and will include climbing apparatus, balancing beams and a mini slide, as well as wooden seating. Shrubs will also be planted in the area. They will provide food and shelter for wildlife and form a natural barrier to a nearby muddy area.
The play trail is designed to improve children’s balance, fitness and strength, while encouraging socialising and exercise through natural play. Work is expected to be complete by April 17 for the annual Hook-a-Duck Championships.
Funding for the project, which is being spearheaded by the Friends of Sandall Park, is coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who have awarded a grant of £14,173 through the Landfill Communities Fund.
The need for younger children’s play equipment was identified through several surveys conducted by the Friends group. The Friends also observed through visiting the site and speaking to the park’s users that the existing adventure trail, which was also funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, is over-populated seven days a week and needs to be expanded.
Chair of the Friends of Sandall Park, Sandra Crabtree, says, “We are delighted that work is starting soon. The additional play equipment will provide a play area like no other in Doncaster. It will be a valued centrally-located, accessible facility where able bodied and disabled children can play together.”
The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, adds, “We support a variety of community and environmental projects across the UK and it is always great to hear that one is starting. These improvements will enhance the adventure trail, making it a safe place where children and families of all ages and abilities can enjoy active, outdoor play. I look forward to seeing the completed results.”