Bournemouth has now unveiled its latest redesigned £230k play space in Boscombe, which has been built by idverde as principal contractor with additional specialist works carried out by timber framed play equipment specialists Touchwood and multi-use games area specialists Proludic.
Named ‘Timber Tangle’ by local school children, the impressive play area now includes a double zip wire and extensive timber climbing frame which has received rave reviews from tots attending the launch event.
idverde was contracted to carry out works to the play area starting with the demolition of existing play equipment and removal of old surfacing. Following this, the idverde team created new natural grass and planted areas, introducing new trees in place of the old dense areas of tarmacadam to attract wildlife to the area. The new timber play structures including double zip wire, swings, toddler play frame and multi-use games by area were installed, along with a new sensory path and new street furniture, bins, gates and access points. Natural coloured Tiger Mulch safety surfacing completed the finish of the play area.
Speaking to the Bournemouth Echo, Jacqui van Bommel, landscape designer for Bournemouth Council, said: “We have done workshops with the year six children from King’s Park last year to come up with ideas and we wanted to work with the RSPB to ensure that we had plenty of trees and nice plants and shrubs.
“So far it has cost £230,000 with developer contributions, public health funds and local improvement funds from the local ward councillors.”
Cllr Lawrence Williams, ward councillor for Littledown and Iford, which encompasses King’s Park, said: “Along with my fellow ward councillors, Bobbie Dove and Gill Seymour, we like to support wards in our area.
“Also as portfolio holder for parks, I am very proud of what the team has done for this playground.”