A new play area at Love’s Farm, St Neots, which has been built with the help of local children and residents, was officially opened today.
bpha, along with Huntingdonshire District Council, worked with young people to ask them what features they would like to see at the new play area. During consultations held in May, the children were encouraged to draw pictures, and place stickers onto pictures of play experiences they liked. Some examples of their preferences were spinning items and natural features such as boulders and sand. This information was then incorporated into the final design.
Katie Baldwin, Community Development Officer for bpha said: “I think it’s great to see the first play area opened at Love’s Farm. The area at Great High Ground incorporates a range of play features, most impressively a large play ship, which provides a perfect lookout for budding pirates.
“Also on the site is a big sandpit with a large basket swing and roundabout. The scheme has been designed to blend into the local area while allowing children to play safely close to home.
“It will be a safe place for kids to play and enjoy, and as a number of them have been involved in the design process, I feel certain it will be very popular!”
Councillor Jeff Dutton, Chairman of Huntingdonshire District Council had the honour of opening the play area, and the day included face painting for the kids and a chance to learn more about recycling in the district.