Exmouth youngsters help design £70k Imperial Recreation Ground play park

PUBLISHED: 07:00 14 January 2016

Having fun! From left, Cllr Stuart Hughes, Chairman of East Devon District Council; Cllr Maddy Chapman, Exmouth Mayor and Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment.

Having fun! From left, Cllr Stuart Hughes, Chairman of East Devon District Council; Cllr Maddy Chapman, Exmouth Mayor and Cllr Iain Chubb, East Devon District Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment.

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A new £70,000 play park, designed and chosen by the town’s young people, has been opened in Exmouth.

Installed at the Imperial Recreation Ground, the new equipment includes a wizzy 25-metre zip wire, an exhilarating hurricane swing, an interactive wooden boat and a bouncy trampoline.

East Devon district and Exmouth town councils used pupil power to help them spend the money, which was given to the authorities as a result of legal agreements relating to housing developments, known as Section 106 money.

Hundreds of youngsters from Exeter Road Primary and Marpool Primary Schools, Exmouth Community College and Exmouth Children’s Centre put together a design brief setting out what they would like to see on the site.

They then voted for their favourite of the three resulting designs and 44 per cent chose the winning plan.

As Exmouth mayor, Councillor Maddy Chapman officially opened the play area on Monday, scores of youngsters from Exeter Road Primary School were testing out the new facilities.

While £55,000 of the funding for the new facilities came from Section 106 money, East Devon District Council added in a further £15,000 towards the project.

Councillor Stuart Hughes, East Devon District Council chairma, said: “These exciting improvements to the Imperial Recreation Ground play area will certainly keep the young people entertained for many hours.

“Consulting them on what equipment they wished to see included within the scheme has ensured that they have indeed been listened to. This is a great new play area for a new year.”

Cllr Chapman added: “It is lovely to have this new play area, which is designed to stimulate adventurous and creative play, at the heart of the town. I am sure it will be very much appreciated by many families.”


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