The Grimston Park playground consultation is chugging along. For those who are curious, two proposed design directions are now up on the web, and the Parks dept. is looking for feedback on which one most appeals to the community, as well as specific feedback on types of equipment we want to see.
It seems a few things have changed since the first consultation: now one of the options includes salvaged pieces of the old playground, possibly including the tower (roof removed to discourage late-night partiers and homeless sleepers) and the iconic tires (relocated from their current position, and terraced on the side of the hill).
The playground designer and Parks have come up with two different directions: an adventure playground that does its best to continue the style of play we’ve become used to at Grimston, or a more exploratory “random play” playground, which is intended to evoke more imaginative play. It’s still not at a stage where we can see exactly what will and will not be included, but it’s clear there are two distinctly different directions they could take the new playground design.
Here’s what they’re thinking of for the ‘adventure playground’ option:
Here is the ‘random informal play’ option:
And here is the summary of the feedback received to date:
When we spoke with playground designer Richard Findlay and Parks’ Andrew Banks, they said that the feedback to date had been split between people preferring adventure play and others responding to the idea of more free-form, imaginative play. There seemed to be a slight preference for the adventure play option, but feedback was still coming in. If you’d like to share your thoughts, print off the form at the NWPR website and fax back.