Sidmouth Town Council is delighted to update children and families that the renewed Ham play park is now open and children can start to enjoy the eagerly awaited new equipment. New signage will soon be in place and planting will be added as finishing touches to what is a fresh new design which takes account of different types of play, ensuring a better flow and sight lines.
The new equipment features include a zip wire, climbing wall, slides, swings, trampoline, boat activity centres and a sand pit with some hidden ‘fossils’ to discover. The park has been reconfigured with a porous natural gravel pathway which winds its way through from one end to the other and incorporates extra seating areas, including an area with sunshade. The design is unique and bespoke to Sidmouth reflecting the coast and seaside setting and even has a piece of Sidmouth fishing history represented.
Due to a shortage of key materials and elements for both parks, works had been delayed with both the Ham and Long Park play park replacements but with Long Park completed in October, attention turned to the Ham in earnest which the Council is thrilled to be able to open.
Cllr Louise Cole, one of the project leads said “I am so pleased the park is now finished and think it looks fantastic. The materials used and special design details we incorporated make it really attractive, link to our location and hopefully will be a lot of fun! We worked hard to incorporate children and parents' ideas and priorities within the budget and limit of the space and we faced lots of delays so it is really a joy for it now to be complete. Outdoor play spaces are so important for so many reasons. Let’s see it in action now and see what children and young people think.”