Dear Venture Kids,
2020 was a difficult year for all of us. Although 2021 has started with another lockdown, we hope that things will improve and that we can open the playground again soon. We are very excited to announce that over the next few months, we will be building some new structures and giving parts of the playground a much-needed makeover. We have listened to all the ideas you shared with us last year and can’t wait to see them come to life in 2021!
A group called Woodland Tribe will be helping us with the makeover. This is the same group that built the tango swing at the playground two years ago. Woodland Tribe often works at festivals across the country where they build temporary play structures with the help of children. We are excited to be working with them, as they will be running workshops where you can help with the finishing touches of the project. They will also train our playworkers so that we can provide more opportunities for you to build your own structures in the future.
What changes are happening?
At the back of the playground, we will be building a new structure that goes around the tango swing. Don’t worry, the swing is staying! This new structure will look a bit like the model on the right. It will have a series of raised walkways that will lead up to a tall pyramid structure in the corner of the playground. The structure will be covered in hanging plants and provide a great viewpoint overlooking the whole of the playground as well as the tango swing.
We will also be building a new swing between this area and the new nursery called a border swing. This should even join up to the new structure that goes around the tango swing and provide another exciting swinging experience that you won’t find at a standard playground. The picture on the left shows an example of what this might look like.
We will also be planting lots of new trees in this area that will one day create a secluded, woodland-like environment.
We will also begin the process of transforming the existing structure. This structure is over 20 years old and much of it needs replacing. We have decided to remove all of the parts that are rotting and slippery, whilst keeping as many of the large, upright poles as possible. We hope to use the skills that Woodland Tribe teach us to transform this area into space where you can build your own structures off the remaining frames. This should create an exciting space which changes regularly and give you the skills and freedom to create your own playground.
The under 5s area at the front of the playground will also be given a complete makeover. We will be transforming it into a beautiful sensory garden with lots of plants and flowers, vegetable plots, natural archways, a treehouse and even a caravan that you can play in.
If you decide that you want to turn this area back into a large structure, we can look for the funding to make this happen.
We have also received some funding to freshen up the corner of the playground where the pond is. The hope is that we can turn this area into a secluded wild area that can be used as an outdoor classroom when the playground is not open. We will be building a barn-like shelter on the top level, as well as a staircase that leads down to the pond. This will descend over a mound through which there will be an underground tunnel you can explore. We will also install a mud kitchen, a new seating area, and grow lots of new plants.
Unfortunately, we don’t have the funding to build the bike track that many of you were asking about yet. However, because the idea is so popular, we are leaving space for this to happen in the future and will try our best to make it happen.
WE MISS YOU AND CAN’T WAIT TO SEE YOU BACK AT THE PLAYGROUND SOON!
Lots of love Ollie and the rest of the team at Felix Road Adventure Playground