Work (Out) Hard & Play Hard – Our Micheldever Parish Council Development

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A couple of weeks ago, we were fortunate to attend the grand opening for our latest local authority development – Micheldever Parish Council.

All about removing existing tired equipment and creating a brand new a playground suitable for both younger and older children, Micheldever also wanted to create an impressive outdoor gym facility that could be be used by adults of the community.

Once we had removed the existing equipment, we decided to utilise the current fenced area and use it as a designated play area for younger children. Items such as our Jungle Climber Micro, Double Cradle Seat Swings, low-level Jigsaw play tower and Motorbike Spring Rider were selected to provide a wide range of play opportunities, such as sliding, climbing and traversing, whilst various benches allow parents to take a seat during supervision.

Outside the fenced play area, we decided to add another Jigsaw play tower, this time with a lot more challenging play features suitable for older children, as well as our popular Basket Swing and Double Flat Seat Swing. This allows older children of Micheldever to still be challenged whilst allowing younger children to ingrate, if they wish, in the swing area.

Adjacent to the newly created two-zone playground, we decided to create a bespoke outdoor gym facility for the adult residents of Micheldever. Together with input from  the council, as well as local residents, a variety of both timber and metal equipment fitness stations were to chosen to meet there specific fitness needs. Stations such as our Double Cross Country Skier allow two people to exercise together, whilst our Inclusive Arm & Pedal Bike provide individuals with various disabilities to still access and enjoy the new facility. Various items from our new timber Work Out range were also included to allow individuals to perform more classic ‘gym’ exercises such as pull ups and leg raises.

Finally as all equipment (both play and fitness) was installed onto existing grass throughout the development, we laid our grass mat surfacing where appropriate to ensure all BSEN 1176/1177 safety standards were met as well as to preserve high wear areas – allowing all Micheldever residents to enjoy their new outdoor area for many years to come!

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