A 3-D visual showing what the exciting new play area will look like when completed.
A 3-D visual showing what the exciting new play area will look like when completed.

Redgates play area to get a new lease of life

A play area in Exmouth is getting a new lease of life, thanks to East Devon District Council, which will be renewing it with £100,000 of modern and exciting equipment by the end of the year.

East Devon District Council talked to children and young people of all ages to help understand what activities they would like to see in Redgates play area which is sited off Dukes Crescent and Prince of Wales Drive.

The most popular requests from the children and young people were sent to a number of play equipment suppliers, who competed to provide the best designs across three sites.

A good selection of great quality designs were received and, after mainly seeing which designs best provided what the children and young people wanted, along with considering other factors such as guarantees provided, Kompan were appointed to manufacture and construct the new play areas.

The new play area has a castles and pirates theme, as suggested by the children. It includes two trampolines set in the ground, a pirate ship with slides and climbing activities, a large castle climbing frame, a zip track ride and a big seesaw amongst other activities. 

Cllr Geoff Jung, East Devon’s portfolio holder for the environment, said:

This large play area was looking very old and parts of it were becoming unsafe, which is why we allocated £100,000 to renewing it. Thanks to all the local children and young people who took part in the consultation.

This process is essential in helping us ensure we provide what the children want. The children will play on the equipment when it’s installed and will be able to say that they helped design the play areas they’re having fun on.