Woodley Town Mayor, Cllr Janet Sartorel, officially declared our new play area in Woodford Park open yesterday at an opening event attended by over 600 local residents.
The new play area has been designed specifically with inclusivity in mind, and will offer a stimulating, exciting play experience for children of all abilities.
It includes a double cableway, a sensory area, a wheelchair accessible play mound, an agility trail, a 7m tall canopy trail, seven types of swings and much more.
We have also received a certificate offsetting our carbon footprint in the making and installation of the park, which is in line with our climate change policy to be carbon neutral by 2030.
The play area also contains our Jubilee Tree planted for the Queen’s Canopy and Jubilee Stones display to commemorate The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
A commemorative plaque will be installed in the next few weeks.
The sensory garden has been planted in memory of Cllr David Stares, who was Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee when the new play area was first suggested and was instrumental in driving the project forward.
We will be putting in a plaque citing this in the next few weeks.
The Mayor cut the ribbon across the bespoke archway, which was designed and made by Hannah Morris-Coole from Omna Studios. The crowds clapped and cheered as Janet declared the park officially open.
The contractor, Proludic, provided 100 free goody bags and free ice cream for the children, provided by Sir Whippy.
The event was filmed by 7 Video Company and we will add the footage to our website and YouTube channel once we have received it.
Here are a few photos from the opening. We will add more as we receive them.
Thank you to everyone who attended the event. We hope you continue to enjoy the park for many years to come.