Bourne2Play chooses ‘wow factor’ designs for new play area

One of the design options for the new play park, designed by Wicksteed Playscapes. EMN-150216-121158001
One of the design options for the new play park, designed by Wicksteed Playscapes. EMN-150216-121158001
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A castle-themed playarea featuring it’s own fortress tree house is one of the ‘wow factor’ designs Bourne2Play is putting forward to South Kesteven District Council to be built on The Wellhead.

The community group will put forward the proposed design plans from three suppliers, including the castle themed design from Wicksteed Playscapes, to the district council at a meeting being held on March 9.

Bourne2Play will also discuss funding options for the new play park with Paul Stokes, business manager for venues and facilities at the council.

The council has already agreed to lease and maintain the Wellhead playarea for a further 25 years from Bourne United Charities.

But the group needs approximately £100,000 to purchase the new surfacing and equipment for the park.

Chairman for Bourne2Play, Anna Rogers said: “It is good news as it means we are now in a position to secure funding for the park.

“We still need to consult with secondary school children and local support groups about the designs to make sure that it’s as inclusive as possible.

“We have been canvassing opinion via our Facebook page and the response to the design has been very positive. There have been some concerns raised about vandalism and we will need to consider how we can minimise this kind of damage in the design.”

The proposed design plans for the play park have been designed to create a ‘fun and challenging environment’ for children of all ages and have been based on the hand drawn designs provided by pupils from Bourne Abbey and Bourne Westfield.

The design provided by Wicksteed Playscapes includes a variety of play equipment including a tree house, sand pit, an area for toddlers and an area for older children. Of the three proposals, the Wicksteed design is the group’s preferred option.

The group, which is currently trying to raise the £100,000 needed to fund the park, has recently been awarded a grant of £900 from the Lincolnshire County Council Big Society Fund after being put forward by councillor Helen Powell. They have also raised £400 at a Christmas disco they organised at The Children’s Centre in Bourne during December.