A new play area for older children, up to about age 12/13 years, was recently installed in the middle or community field in a central area of the park which is easily accessible from all sides of the park. It is situated at the Queen’s Road side of the park close to where the walking route to the university intersects a path from the pavilion area.
It is an open unfenced play area which is currently fairly small but has a range of play equipment which is proving very popular with children and parents. There is some limited seating for adults, but additional seating is planned. The surrounding grass areas are also good places for parents and others to sit, and are popular for picnics on sunny days.
This play area is close to the eco-area of the park. The new nature/trim trail can be seen from the play area and it is a very short walk to go from one to the other. This will take you into the eco-area, close to the wild-life pond, with more seating if you want to sit for a while in a quiet place.
Some more seating for adults should be installed around the play area fairly soon. Longer term plans include picnic tables and additional play equipment as well, although these will take longer. This new play area is intended to replace the old play area which is opposite the new health centre on the eastern edge of the park.