Job Done - Play kit and landscaping in Oxfordshire park

Project: Makeover of a children's play area

Client: Banbury Town Council

Contractor: Playdale Playgrounds

Playdale Playgrounds has completed a £150,000 makeover of Princess Diana Park in Banbury, which included equipment and a skate park.

The new play area was funded through Oxfordshire County Council's Pathfinder Playbuilder project and features tunnels threading through mounds. The earthworks were covered with synthetic turf because of access problems for mowers. Nets, swings, slides and a timber climbing frame were built on the site of an old playground and new surfaces were laid.

"The new playground offers landscaping and natural play elements - logs, boulders and mounds - alongside traditional play equipment," said Playdale external operations manager Mike Hutchings.

It includes a "jukebox" climbing unit, an adventure trail, team swing and large climbing structure from Playdale's Jungle Climber range. One of the hardest jobs was dealing with machinery to offload equipment for the skate park, said Hutchings.

Banbury Town Council events and projects officer Ann Sewell said: "These amenities have been a long time coming and everyone is pleased the park now has first-class play facilities."

Since the launch of the Pathfinder Playbuilder scheme in 2009, Playdale has been involved with almost 400 new and refurbished play areas as part of the Government-funded initiative.

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