Issue 11, January 2018


New equipment for Fry Crescent Play Area

We've started work to improve the Fry Crescent Play Area on the Sussex Way open space near Bretton in Burgess Hill. The old springy bikes and climbing frame are being replaced with a new roundabout, extra seating and a multi-purpose climbing unit that features a rope walkway, slide, drag ramp and a fireman's pole.

The new equipment has been designed to make the play area more inclusive for all small children and their families. The roundabout is wheelchair accessible and the climbing unit also has wheelchair accessible platforms. The slide is has been specifically designed at the top and bottom to make transfer to and from wheelchairs easier and the drag ramp has hand rails at two different heights to enable less mobile children to climb to the top using the rope and soft grips. The climb nets have a shallow incline to make it easier to reach the top and are wide enough for helpers to support children if it is needed. The top of the picnic table will also be extended so children in wheelchairs can sit next to abled bodied friends and family.

Careful arrangement of colourful plants will create a secret log seating area for toddlers to practice their balance skills and across the play area is a quiet seating area, again shielded by plants, to help nervous children adjust to the activity of the play area. There will be a sensory path made up of different surface textures for little explorers to practice traversing cobbles, timber decking and rough concrete.

The frames of the swings are being repainted and one of the seats will be replaced with a face-to-face seat so an adult or older child can sit facing a toddler and enjoy watching their expression as they share the swinging experience.

Work to install the new playground equipment is expected to take six weeks and is due to be ready towards the end of March.



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