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In short: A new ‘farmyard’ theme play area at Ipswich’s Alexandra Park has been opened by the Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley.
The details: The play areas designed for children aged two to 12, features a tractor and haybarn inspired by the farming history of the land. It has an impact absorbent surface to improve safety and features graphics to encourage imaginative play, swings, seesaws and springers, as well as a sensory and quiet play section.
As part of the project, and the Council’s carbon reduction measures, an electric point has been installed to prevent engine idling from traditional ice-cream vans. The toilets have also been redecorated with new lighting installed.
The old play area will be fenced off while equipment is removed, and the area returned to grass. Where possible, equipment and railings will be recycled and used in other parks.
Mayor of Ipswich, Councillor Jane Riley, said: “Not everyone has access to outdoor space at home, which is why we are lucky in Ipswich to have so many parks and open spaces for families to visit."
“This play area will help give a new lease of life to the park and provide children with a vibrant space to take part in outdoor play. We cannot wait to see them get stuck in and explore the farmyard," added Councillor Riley.
Councillor Phil Smart, Portfolio Holder for Parks at Ipswich Borough Council, said: “As with all our play areas, we choose a theme and use equipment alongside visual and sensory elements to help encourage imaginative play for all children."