New play equipment coming to Victoria Park
2022 promises to be an extraordinary year for Royal Leamington Spa’s Victoria Park, as in addition to the world-famous bowling greens hosting the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games lawn bowls and para bowls competitions, a brand-new play area is to be installed, bringing a four-year project to fruition.
In 2018, Warwick District Council and the community group, Friends of Victoria Park, jointly sponsored an online survey of Victoria Park users, with particular focus on potential improvements to park facilities.
Over one thousand park users responded to the survey and the results showed overwhelming enthusiasm for bringing new and more exciting equipment to the playground. At the top of the list was a major new multi-use play structure, with items like a zipwire and bigger toddler area also proving to be extremely popular.
These ideas were then incorporated into a brief given to six innovative play equipment companies to submit their designs. The Council also expanded its budget for the play area to £350,000, funded via Section 106 agreements from local developments in the area.
Speaking for the Friends, David Adams explains; “We were delighted to be part of the team who evaluated the supplier submissions and joined the Council experts in voting unanimously for the inspired presentation from the winning company, Kompan.”
Occupying a slightly larger area than before, the new facility will boast a unique Tree House – 6 metres high with a long spiral slide and multiple play opportunities, as well as a trim trail, modern swings and trampolines, a bigger sandpit and toddler area and, between the paddling pool and skatepark, double racing zipwires.
You can view the visuals and follow the progress of this play area at www.warwickdc.gov.uk/info/20311/major_parks/504/victoria_park/2