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Play time at Pinhoe!

Published: 19 September 2019

Cllr David Harvey cuts the ribbon to officially open the play area, watched by Cllr Duncan Wood

A newly refurbished play area that includes fully accessible equipment has been officially opened in Exeter.

Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment and City Management, cut the ribbon to declare the Pinhoe Station Road Play Area, officially open. Member Champion for Support Services, Cllr Duncan Wood, helped perform the ceremony.

The play area has benefitted from a £110k makeover funded by developer contributions from a nearby housing development. 

The facility was rebuilt by the City Council after locals were asked what sort of play equipment they would like to see introduced.

The new play area provides a challenging and enjoyable mix of equipment for children of all ages and abilities. Along with the traditional favourites of swings and see-saws, there are two split-level play towers designed for toddlers and juniors, a challenging 4.1m high mizzenmast climbing net, buddy board rocker and giant rope swing designed for groups of children to use together.

There are also features designed specifically with accessibility in mind, including a roundabout installed to ground level with a designated wheelchair station, swing with face-to-face seats, play panels, musical panels and sensory areas.

Cllr David Harvey, Lead Councillor for Environment & City Management, said he hoped children of all ages and abilities would be impressed with the new facilities.

“We were keen to find out exactly what people wanted from the play area and carried out an extensive consultation exercise with those living in Pinhoe as well as the local schools,”he added.

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