King Georges Field, East Grinstead
Work to improve King George’s Field (Kings Centre) play area is underway.
Plans can be seen Here.The play area should be finished for when all play areas are able to re-open.
The new play area will provide exciting opportunities for swinging, climbing and sliding alongside a number of features requested by local residents including:
- a main unit with wide stairs and supporting handrails for access by children who are unsteady on their feet, with no restrictive barriers so parents and carers can easily accompany their child. There are also more challenging ways to the top using the ramp with climbing grips and the climbing net, so children of all abilities can play together
- Emperor chimes that can be played by everyone without the need for a separate beater and give off a wonderful deep resonating sound, which is good for kids with additional sensory need. This is complemented by a sensory path.
- a wheelchair accessible in ground trampoline and accessible picnic table
- a face to face swing – the cradle end of which can support children who lack core stability.
Other playground improvements.
Thank you to everyone who responded to our consultation questions on the improvements planned for John Pears, Batchelors Field and Twineham playgrounds. The consultation ran from 29th October for 4 weeks until 1st December 2019.
We have read all the responses and developed a design brief for each playground.
John Pears Recreation Ground Consultation
Using the ideas that came out of the public consultation at the end of last year, we have appointed a company to install a play castle, and swings for all ages.
The full design can be viewed here
The new play area will reflect the local legend told of King Ethelred who reputedly had links with the village. The play area will have:
- a castle climbing frame with different levels of challenge for different ages and abilities, from a gently sloping mound and ramp with grips to climbing ropes and nets.
- swings for all ages, including the existing toddler swings, 2 new flat swings and a long “battering ram” swing for lots of children to enjoy at one time
- Improved paths and surfacing around play equipment so it can be used and enjoyed all year round.
- Improved visibility across the rest of the recreation ground by removing a length of hedge.
- Wheelchair accessible picnic tables.
Work will take place over the summer. The new play area should be complete in Early September and open once the Government Guidelines allow.