News Work started on a new children’s play area at Barming Heath

Work started on a new children’s play area at Barming Heath image

Maidstone Borough Council Parks Team is leading a project to refurbish the children’s play area at Barming Heath and work has started this week.

The new equipment has been designed for children of all ages and abilities to have as many play experiences as possible, as well as opportunities to develop themselves socially and physically.

Cllr Daniel Rose, Chair of the Communities, Housing and Environment Committee at Maidstone Borough Council said:

“These improvements will see the play area enlarged and most of the existing equipment replaced. Once finished it will be a fantastic place for children to let off steam and enjoy these great new facilities.

“With toddler and junior zones, access for disabled children on some equipment and a quiet sensory area in the middle, there should be something for all children.”

The toddler zone will have a mini themed area with physical and tactile play features, with a castle, inclined climbing wall, a slide and many ground level details for curious toddlers. A wheelchair accessible roundabout will give spinning access for all and a large bench seat and easy grip handrails will allow all ages to use it and feel comfortable, working together to make it spin.

The middle of the play area will provide tactile play panels, rubber spheres and a rocking orb.

In the centre of the junior zone there will be a brand new climbing butterfly net as well as a multi play unit, swings, spring seesaw and a spinner bowl.

The contract was awarded to KOMPAN UK Ltd and the equipment is being installed by local company M&M Contractors from Marden Thorn. Works are expected to take up to five weeks.

Funding from Planning Agreements relating to several new residential developments in the area have made it possible to improve these facilities.

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