The first phase of Wickersley Parish Council’s major redevelopment of Wickersley Park is now ‘open for play’.
Delayed by the COVID-19 lockdown, work was completed to get the new play area up and running in time for children to use and enjoy in the August school holidays. It’s already proving very popular and although the reopening has had to be very low key, everyone at the Parish Council is really pleased and proud of what has been achieved for the local community.
It provides a significant upgrade and expansion to the play equipment area and includes a complete removal of the previous play equipment that had come to the end of its operational life. The new scheme not only broadens the range of activities, but also caters for a wider age range of children, with some more challenging equipment as well as incorporating equipment for the less able.
This project is the result of much consultation with the Wickersley residents, with surveys conducted by Sheffield University Department of Architecture, consultants, contractors and particularly with children from our local schools. This fit-for-purpose scheme includes natural materials and the use of plastic is greatly minimised.
Other planned phases include the provision of new paths and surfaces to create a jogging track, interesting dog walking routes, upgrades to planting, a new park entrance directly off Bawtry Road and solar powered path lighting. Along with upgrades to the maintenance schedule, this development will really unlock the potential for this wonderful open space so close to the centre of the village to be enjoyed by everyone.