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Building a great new children’s play area at Ferry Meadows

Work to create an exciting new children's play area in Ferry Meadows will commence later this month.

The Overton play area will be closed from Monday, 26 October for major improvement work. The current play equipment is very tired and dated and, over recent months, the Trust and landscape architects, Davies White, having been consulting and gathering ideas for improving the play value in this area. Groups such as Little Miracles (a support group and charity for families that have children with disabilities), St Botolphs Church of England Primary School and 1st Orton Wistow Guides have all helped to shape the future of play in this area of Ferry Meadows.

The new children's play area, which will be known as Badger play area, will include a giant badger den - a large climbing structure connecting a series of dens with tunnels, bridges and ropes; some high challenging climbing trees to test your skills and an in-ground trampoline.

Our architects Davies White have had a challenge in designing the new play area on the old Overton play area site as a part of the site gets quite wet. They have worked with this and will create a series of swales and ditches to collect rainwater. Crossing points using rocks and logs to balance on also form part of this feature which is accessible for wheelchairs and buggies too.

Nene Park rangers will be removing the old play equipment and work on the build of the new equipment starts week commencing 9 November. The new play area will open mid-March. Please check the website for future updates.

Click here to see plan