A new play area- Bringing the community together

Playdale Playgrounds were delighted to be awarded the winning tender contract for the refurbishment of the Barrow Park play area. The play area refurbishment cost £120,000 just one part of the 2 million pound refurbishment project that was under taken in Barrow Park. Barrow Park was also the first to install brand new electronic playground equipment, the i.play system.

Barrow Park is located in Barrow-in-Furness, Lake District, Cumbria. The park is set in 45 acres of land and was originally designed by the acclaimed landscape architect, Thomas Mawson in 1900. John Hutton – The Furness Area MP, stated that: “the park is a very central feature of Barrow and has a special place in the hearts of most local people” The park was in great need for a new play area as the previous one was old, lacking in equipment and not appealing for the children within the community.

The contract for the play area was published out for tender, with Playdale Playgrounds submitting the winning tender contract for the refurbishment of the play area. Playdale were only too happy to be awarded the contract and work alongside Barrow Borough Council. “The Borough Council is committed to working with local partners to improve the quality of life for everyone who lives and works in the borough” www.barrowbc.gov.uk

The play area provided by Playdale is predominantly from the timber range of equipment, and is well integrated into the parks gardens. Included in the play area is an impressive Mountain Tower scaling 6.4metres high, a 30metre Aerial Runway, 6metre Activity Net, Revolving play, Tower Systems designed for toddlers, Swings and Adventure Trail. The recent addition of the i.play system ensures that there is a wide variety of equipment for children of all ages and is a major attraction for local residents and visiting tourists.

The whole refurbishment project for Barrow Park was funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Heritage Lottery Fund is the UK’s leading funder of our diverse heritage and the only heritage organisation that operates both across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) was set up by Parliament in 1994 to give grants to a wide range of projects involving the local, regional and national heritage of the United Kingdom. Enabling the fantastic improvements to be made and enjoyed by all within the community.


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