Date: 
31/01/2013

Exciting play park plans unveiled


Exciting plans for a large play area at Lindisfarne Way, The Willows have been unveiled by Torbay Council.

The plans follow funding contributions from Sovereign Housing Development and extensive consultation with the Friends of Lindisfarne Way Park (FOLWP).

Executive Lead for Tourism and Environment, which also includes play in the Bay, Cllr Jeanette Richards, said:  "The plans include play and fitness equipment and represent one of the most extensive play projects that the team at Torbay Council have dealt with, which we hope will build upon last year's successful Geoplay Park. We fully recognise that play is a fantastic way of bringing communities together and keeping our children fit and healthy, and wanted to make sure that we got this project absolutely right. Therefore the initial consultation for the development of this open space was carried out by Friends of Lindisfarne Way Park.  This allowed the community to be fully involved in deciding what equipment they feel would benefit the area."

Playground specialists KOMPAN Ltd have been appointed by the council to provide and install a range of play and fitness equipment in the park.  These plans can be seen on Natural Environment Service's Facebook page www.facebook.com/nestorbay.

The tender application was to produce a design that met the criteria set out by the community. Abby Brooks-Weir, Chairman of FOLWP and Lee Kerslake, Chairman of Shiphay and the Willows Community Partnership assisted the council in choosing the winning provider based upon these designs. Torbay Council are currently working with KOMPAN and partnership organisations to identify the project start dates which will be publicised as soon as possible. 

Whilst the works are being carried out, there will be some restrictions on access to the public open space.  However after its completion, FOLWP are organising a celebrationary ‘Party in the Park' which is expected to be in May 2013.