£150k Jurassic play park announced for Exmouth’s Queen’s Drive

PUBLISHED: 12:37 16 January 2018 | UPDATED: 12:42 16 January 2018

A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.

A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.

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EDDC awards contract to playground equipment specialists for a Jurassic-themed play park ‘for all ages’.

A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.

Plans to invest £150,000 into a new play area in Queen’s Drive, Exmouth, have been announced.

East Devon District Council is seeking planning permission to install a Jurassic-themed park aimed at families, children and teenagers.

The play park would contain swings, slides, roundabouts and see-saws and sand pits to dig for fossils, as well as pterodactyl nests to climb in and around.

The council hopes the centre of the play park will feature a 7.5m-high ‘old wise tree’ for climbing and balancing activities. If permission is granted, work will begin to install the play equipment and this would be expected to be completed by late spring.

A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.

Cllr Philip Skinner, EDDC portfolio holder for the economy and chairman of the Exmouth Regeneration Programme Board, said: “The free play space signals exciting changes under way for Exmouth seafront and we are looking forward to a positive planning decision on our application that will let the full installation begin.

“We want the Queen’s Drive site to be active and attractive for this holiday season and beyond. When we move toward permanent development and attractions on the site, then equipment can be relocated and reused on other East Devon play sites, so that other children can continue to enjoy this brilliant new equipment into the future.”

EDDC has announced Eibe has been chosen to design and install the play park.

A council spokeswoman said: “The council is investing £150,000 in the project and the free play space will sit alongside a range of other temporary uses, including food, drink and events to provide a lively and up to date attraction on the seafront.

A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.A selection of graphics showing some of the activities at the new play park at Queen's Drive.

The council is continuing work on proposals for temporary uses for other parts of the site and is awaiting the outcome of its procurement process to select a food operator for the site. In addition, the council is finalising the appointment of an experienced event organiser to assist with the planning of a programme of activities for part of the site.”

Permission is being sought as part of the council’s current temporary uses planning application for Queen’s Drive, which is expected to go before the council’s development management committee in March.

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