Wicksteed Playgrounds has brought the designs of local primary school children to life by creating an impressive and imaginative playpark at Wilton Lodge Park in Hawick, Scotland. The £300k play facility was developed as part of a £3.64m park regeneration project, funded by Scottish Borders Council and the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Pride of place at the centre of the play area is a large timber castle-inspired feature with turrets, slides, climbing nets and monkey bars as well as a bridge over a moat and portcullis entrance. Around the castle, Wicksteed has created colourful wetpour surface graphics and added tunnelled grass mounds.
“The children from three schools in Hawick were involved with creating the designs and ideas for the park and came up with the ideas of incorporating Hawick’s history and scenery into the design. The park proudly features a castle, river design, horse artwork and a common riding flag as part of the surface design,” commented Gordon Webber – Wilton Lodge Park events manager
Accessibility is important to visitors with disabilities and so a wheelchair accessible sensory garden was created as well as the inclusion of a wheelchair-friendly roundabout and a basket swing.
The park features a range of different zones with play equipment suitable for a variety of age groups and abilities. A timber fenced area features sensory sound and visual items as well as a central carved timber totem pole. As well as the diverse range of play equipment, Wicksteed has included plenty of seating areas to enable everyone to enjoy this vibrant place.