Upton Country Park Adventure Play

  • An exciting new destination play area for a wide range of ages and abilities  
  • Another unique, free attraction for Upton Country Park visitors!
  • Challenging equipment stimulating creative, sociable play 

Opened October 2019

Thanks to a successful Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)* funding application submitted by the Friends of Upton Country Park we now have an exciting new Adventure Play to offer our young visitors and their young-at-heart adults. 

The play areas provide a unique, free experience for visitors, stimulating creative fun with a strong focus on natural, heritage and environmental themes. Catering for a wide range of ages and abilities, the bespoke equipment is designed to be challenging and educational.

Starting outside the Education Centre in the heart of the Country Park the natural timber play features meander down through the grass towards the woodlands bordering the shoreline meadows.

FAQs

Is there any seating in the area?

Yes, picnic benches are provided to complement the current seating available.

Does the Adventure Play have disabled access?

Yes, the design offers stimulating and challenging opportunities for all children in a natural setting. It is designed to be invisibly inclusive, letting barriers disappear and giving the chance for equal play opportunities. The design and equipment recognises the Inclusive Play ‘Plan Inclusive Play Areas’ assessment and will celebrate the six senses of inclusive play. 

Are dogs allowed in the play area?

The play area will be included within the ‘Dogs on Lead’ area of the estate and be monitored accordingly.

The adjacent shoreline fields location, to the south of the play area, will remain a ‘Dogs off Lead’ area. 

Is the play area fenced off?

A temporary fence has been erected along the shoreline field boundary to separate the ‘Dogs off Lead’ and ‘Dogs on Lead’ areas. This will be later replaced with a permanent metal estate-style fence, RADAR gate and native hedging.

On a sunny October Sunday …

Pictures from the play area 27th October 

… and before the children arrived

*The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) is a locally set charge which can be applied to new development to help fund infrastructure projects required to accommodate growth. CIL can be used to fund a wide range of projects, including green infrastructure/open space and public realm improvements.

Total funding for this project is £230,000 made up of £192,000 CIL, plus £38,000 S106 Planning Obligations (Hamworthy West Ward & Upton Country Park).

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