Parks Trust opens three new play areas in Milton Keynes - including 'Sensory Island'

A Sensory Island and Swamp Outpost are two of the new play areas taken over by the Parks Trust.

Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:21 am
Updated Thursday, 8th April 2021, 11:22 am

Both on Glebe Farm, Sensory Island boasts 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. Ideally suited to children under 12, and there is plenty of opportunity for cross generational play, says the Parks Trust.

Swamp Outpost play area has a swamp theme, with platforms and playhouses on stilts, flat swings and crocodile- themed sit-on springers which allows for older children to play alongside their younger counterparts.

Both the play areas are described as perfect for fostering imaginative play.

Sensory Island

The third play area is Lautier Park at Brooklands, next to Hermes Row. This offers a great 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 and so this is a great destination to visit if you have children on varying age groups," said a Parks Trust spokesman,

There is also basketball hoop and a shelter for teens and plenty of open space to kick a football around.

The Parks Trust care for over 40 parks across the city so no resident is ever more than half a mile from a

Swamp Outpost

park. Many of them parks also have play areas.

"Having these facilities right on your doorstep is hugely beneficial, play areas provide children with the opportunity to develop their physical strength, social interactions and build their confidence," said the spokesman.

The Trust plans to open another new huge play area at Willen Lake this summer. With more than an acre of free play, this will be the biggest in the city.

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."