Three new play areas opened in Milton Keynes, plans for new 'biggest in the city' area also announced
Three new play areas are opening in Milton Keynes, with plans for the biggest one in the city also revealed.
The Parks Trust is taking over three new play areas in Milton Keynes
The charity will oversee maintenance on Sensory Island park, Swamp Outpost park and Lautier Park in the borough.
A new play area at Willen Lake is also being created. The project began last year and is currently scheduled to finish in the Summer of 2021. When finished it will be over an acre long and free to play, making it the biggest of its kind in the city.
Sensory Island park is located on Glebe Farm, it contains an accessible roundabout for wheelchairs or buggies, tunnels, a large basket swing, a pirate ship with a slide and musical orbs that jingle or play music when interacted with. The area is suitable for children aged under 12.
Swamp Outpost park, is also in Glebe Farm, this play area has a swamp theme, with platforms and playhouses on stilts. There are flat swings and crocodile themed sit on springers which allows for older children to play alongside their younger counterparts. All equipment in the area is made of wood.
Lautier Park, is located next to Hermes Row in Brooklands and offers a selection of equipment designed for slightly older children. There are plenty of challenging climbing frames which will allow children to test themselves whilst also offering plenty of activity for less confident children. There is equipment suited to younger kids too, meaning this could potentially be an ideal family spot. There is a basketball hoop and a shelter for teens and plenty of open space to kick a football around.
Natalie Dewhirst, play area manager at The Parks Trust said: "We’re very excited to welcome these new play areas to our parkland, they will be a great addition and resource to the new estates of Brooklands and Glebe Farm as they continue to grow and welcome new families into the area.
"The play areas are of great quality with lots of play value and will provide children with a safe place to play, grow their confidence and build friendships."
The Parks Trust care for over 40 parks across the city. claiming 'you’re never more than half a mile from a park'. Many of these parks also have play areas, in total The Parks Trust look after over 25 free to use play areas and four trim trails.