API Latest Newshttp://www.api-play.orgAPI Latest NewsTue, 26 Sep 2017 16:18:21 GMTIntroducing the new Proludic Sports App http://www.api-play.org/introducing-the-new-proludic-sports-app<p>If you&rsquo;ve worked on a beach body this summer or if you&rsquo;ve had one dessert too many, there&rsquo;s now the perfect chance to get back into some good habits with the chance to exercise with friends via a state of the art sports App. Proludic are really pleased to announce the launch of their new Proludic Sports App (available on both Android and Apple devices) which is compatible with all our sports and exercise equipment (calisthenics units, exercise and fitness equipment and trim trails).<br /> <br /> A beta version of the app is available to download from today and an official company launch will take place next week. <br /> <br /> Developed with ICN Media, the agency arm of leading App publisher ICN (International Celebrity Networks) who have acclaimed apps with Premier Model Management, Vincent &amp; Flavia, David Gandy, Jimmy Anderson and also the Nottingham City of Football App &ndash; the Proludic Sports App has everything you will need to track your fitness goals on Proludic equipment. <br /> <br /> The App has been developed to enable users to simply and easily monitor and track their exercises on Proludic sports equipment. It will also provide nearest parks on Google maps, recommended exercises and have helpful videos, tips and rewards for everyone that uses it. Users over the age of 18 will also have access to a community forum where you can share/challenge/chat and motivate your local friends and then see how you rank locally/nationally/internationally. <br /> <br /> For all our clients, it will serve as an aid to encourage more people in the community to get fit and use the equipment. Proludic will over the coming weeks contact all our existing clients with sports sites and offer them some marketing tools and advice to help promote the app to community users.</p> <p>Rob Baker, Proludic Managing Director comments: <em>"It's really exciting to see what ICN have developed for us with our Proludic Sports App. It has exceeded my expectations &amp; it will significantly raise the bar in terms of user experience of App 's available within our sector.</em>&nbsp;</p> <p><em>This has been a UK led project but part of the benefit of working with a global brand is that it will soon be available to Proludic users across 50+ countries, so people can pack their trainers as well as their flip-flops or laptop if they are planning a holiday or business trip abroad!<br /> </em><br /> <em>The unique 'community forum' is also particularly engaging and this is just the start of our 'development ideas programme' so download it now and watch this space...&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> To find out any more information regarding the app, please contact us on 0115 982 3980 or <a href="mailto:marketing@proludic.co.uk ">marketing@proludic.co.uk </a><br /> <br /> To view the promo video for the app please click <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pi6X1OJJ3pM">here</a> </p> <p><iframe src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/pi6X1OJJ3pM?autoplay=1" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"></iframe><br /> <br /> To share on social media please use our dedicated hashtag #ProludicSportApp</p> <p>Learn more about Proludic visit: <a href="http://www.proludic.co.uk ">www.proludic.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 06 September 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/introducing-the-new-proludic-sports-appEibe is Out of this Woldhttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-is-out-of-this-wold<p>Acknowledged by Ofsted as a school which prides itself on support and safety, Wold Academy in Hull is part of the David Ross Education Trust. This unique educative establishment offers effective teaching, as well as nurturing its pupils to be kind and respectful, whilst broadening their own horizons through challenge, productivity and aspiration. In short, children should love learning and live life to the full&hellip;</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6 "><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Wold%20(1)%20(Small)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-sm-6"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibe-Wold%20(2)%20(Small)-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> <br /> eibe really enjoys partnering with like-minded organisations, so it was a joy to assist in the installation of Wold&rsquo;s brand new playground this summer. The &pound;55,000 scheme, pioneered by Gary McGinty, Head of Asset Management, is the final stage in the transformation from school to academy. Prior to eibe&rsquo;s involvement, the school play offering was just a trim trail. Now, thanks to the investment and excellent product specification, the children can enjoy a whole new area, packed full of play value.<br /> <br /> The stand out equipment includes Climbing Frame, Stand up seesaw, Water and Sand Play, Satellite Carousel, Toddler Unit, Daisy Swing, Balancing Trail, Crawling Tunnel and Mound.<br /> <br /> Learn more about eibe Play visit: <a href="mailto:www.eibe.co.uk">www.eibe.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="mailto:www.eibe.co.uk"></a><strong>Date: </strong>01 September 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 01 Sep 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-is-out-of-this-woldAdding special FL-AIR to the Fleet Arm Museumhttp://www.api-play.org/adding-special-fl-air-to-the-fleet-arm-museum<p>Last week Proludic had the pleasure of attending the opening of their latest bespoke play area, at the Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm Museum in Somerset. As one of the South West&rsquo;s leading tourist attractions &ndash; this unique play area definitely has the &lsquo;wow&rsquo; factor.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/ProludicRAFMuseum_25-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/ProludicRAFMuseum_17-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/ProludicRAFMuseum_4-web.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The inspiration behind the design was the Queen Elizabeth Class Carrier and Fleet Air Arm themes which created a playful space that is easily recognisable for all. Within this theme; the Proludic design team crafted 4 main bespoke play equipment items &ndash; The Flight Control Tower, The Ship Control Tower, The F35 Fighter Jet and the Merlin Helicopter. Each piece unique to the play area and the fleet arm museum, using their current branding and themes.<br /> <br /> As Proludic manufacture all their equipment from one factory base, located at the head office in France &ndash; they have the capabilities of working to a client&rsquo;s specific needs and brief. The results are a completely special play area tailored specifically to what people want. The Fleet Air Arm museum is a great example of what can be achieved using this creative design philosophy.<br /> <br /> Catering for the 2-14 year age ranges, It can accommodate up to 76 users with 63 individual play activities. The opening was attended by over 150 people and the play area proved to be a real hit.<br /> <br /> If you have a bespoke project that you want to discuss with Proludic then please contact them on <a href="mailto:marketing@proludic.co.uk ">marketing@proludic.co.uk </a>or 0115 982 3980 and make those dreams a reality!</p> <p>Learn more about Proludic visit: w<a href="http://ww.proludic.co.uk ">ww.proludic.co.uk&nbsp;</a></p> <p><a href="http://ww.proludic.co.uk "></a><strong>Date:</strong> 15 August 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Tue, 15 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/adding-special-fl-air-to-the-fleet-arm-museumEast Yorkshire’s newest attraction, William’s Den, delivers exceptional play whatever the weatherhttp://www.api-play.org/east-yorkshires-newest-attraction-williams-den-delivers-exceptional-play-whatever-the-weather<p>East Yorkshire&rsquo;s newest family attraction, William&rsquo;s Den, is enjoying a very busy first season, and it&rsquo;s not hard to see why with such exceptional play facilities. Timberplay were delighted to be part of this unique attraction, designing and delivering the outdoor play area.</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Timberplaywilliams-den-29-web.jpg" style="width: 368px; height: 246px; float: right; margin-left: 5px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" />William&rsquo;s Den sought to create an attraction that provided the very best naturally inspired play opportunities, from the UK&rsquo;s largest timber indoor play areas with a difference, to sand and water sites, playful landscaping, challenging outdoor equipment, and den building. It seems the leisure market was waiting for a site such as Williams Den as it has been fully booked for most of the summer holidays.<br /> <br /> Timberplay worked with William&rsquo;s Den to create outdoor play which embraced landscaping to create a space which appeals to children across a wide age range. The inclusion of sand and water pumps and channels boosts the playvalue within the site significantly. Older children have the challenge of the Climbing Structure and the thrill of the cableway. Toddlers can embrace the role play within the Platform House or fly as high as they dare in the Cradle Swing. <br /> <br /> Christian Carver, Co-Owner at William&rsquo;s Den comments:-<em>&ldquo;Myself and Tor both grew up on farms and we remember rather nostalgically having vast amounts of freedom to play outside in all weathers, for hours on end. Our childhood years were spent endlessly exploring on foot and by bike, building dens and using our wild imaginations to entertain each other for hours and days.<br /> <br /> When we were sharing ideas for the type of family visitor attraction we wanted to create, our own childhood experiences were never far from the surface. It became abundantly clear that we had to create an environment for children to play inside and out whatever the weather, where they could run wild and experience the freedom to roam, and while the kids were doing that, we wanted the grown ups to enjoy being outdoors with their children and appreciate everything else on offer.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> What makes William&rsquo;s Den really stand out is the way they have embraced the landscape, with mounds, embankments, a natural amphitheatre, climbing boulder stack, log bridges and tunnels all combining to deliver an imaginative play environment. This is exploited further with the addition of den building materials &ndash; to inspire children to create their own woodland hideaway.<br /> <br /> For more information on Williams Den or to book your tickets please visit <a href="http://www.williamsden.co.uk">www.williamsden.co.uk</a>.</p> <p>Learn more about Timberplay visit: <a href="http://www.timberplay.com">www.timberplay.com</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.timberplay.com"></a><strong>Date: </strong>14 August 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Mon, 14 Aug 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/east-yorkshires-newest-attraction-williams-den-delivers-exceptional-play-whatever-the-weatherRay Parry Playgrounds Ltd Win Prestigious Environmental Award http://www.api-play.org/ray-parry-playgrounds-ltd-win-prestigious-environmental-award<p>Shrewsbury Town Clerk Helen Ball Stated: Open space and play is extremely important for the development of young people&rsquo;s life skills from communication to risk management and these areas provide great social places that ensures we all enjoy our local environment. How these spaces are designed clearly adds to that environment and we are lucky that we have a quality play area provider on our doorstep. </p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Ray-Parry-Mayor-Award-Photo-web.jpg" style="width: 350px; height: 263px; margin-top: 0px; margin-bottom: 5px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded pull-right" />With their strapline<em></em><em>&ldquo;Putting the Play into Playgrounds&rdquo;</em>, Ray and son Tom has at times lived and breathed the design and installation of some of our play facilities; the most ambitious of which was the &pound;375k development of the Quarry Play Area &amp; Splash Park. He knew it had to be spot on in terms of quality because literally we knew where he lived and his life wouldn&rsquo;t have been worth living!</p> <p>I think all who have visited the Quarry Play Area last summer will agree that the children love the facility and over the spring we have taken hundreds of calls wanting to know when the Splash Park will be open so we now look forward to a very warm and wet summer in the Quarry full of happy screaming children.<br /> <br /> All at Ray Parry Playgrounds were delighted with receiving this award.</p> <p>Learn more about Ray Parry Playgrounds <a href="http://www.rayparry.co.uk/">www.rayparry.co.uk</a>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date: </strong>26 July 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/ray-parry-playgrounds-ltd-win-prestigious-environmental-awardWin up to £40K Matched Funding For Your Dream Playground or Fitness areahttp://www.api-play.org/win-up-to-40k-matched-funding-for-your-dream-playground-or-fitness-area<p>KOMPAN have just launched their annual matched funding competition for new play or fitness equipment. This year KOMPAN are offering the opportunity for six organisations to win 50%, 35% and 25% matched funding up to the maximum value of &pound;40,000 each!</p> <p><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Competition-Vector468x338.jpg" style="float: right; width: 350px; height: 253px; margin-top: 3px; margin-bottom: 3px; margin-left: 10px;" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></p> <p>Two competitions will run parallel, one for nurseries and schools and another for Parish Councils, Town Councils and organisations in the Leisure sector. There will be three winners for both competitions:</p> <ul> <li>Top prize will receive 50% matched funding of their existing secured budget,</li> <li>2nd place will receive 35%,</li> <li>3rd place will receive 25%.</li> </ul> <p>Entering the competition easy, simply follow the links below, make sure you qualify and fill in the application form! <br /> KOMPAN are looking for you to be super creative and describe your dream playground in 200 words!&nbsp;</p> <p>Have fun with it&hellip;the more imaginative, the better!<br /> <br /> See website for full competition details and entry requirements:<br /> <br /> Nurseries and Schools: <a href="http://schools.kompan.co.uk/matched-funding-competition/">CLICK HERE</a> [ http://schools.kompan.co.uk/matched-funding-competition/ ]<br /> Parish Councils, Town Councils, Leisure Sector: <a href="http://contact.kompan.co.uk/funding-competition/">CLICK HERE</a> [ http://contact.kompan.co.uk/funding-competition/ ] </p> <h6> <strong>Goodluck!</strong></h6> <p>&nbsp;</p>Tue, 25 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/win-up-to-40k-matched-funding-for-your-dream-playground-or-fitness-areaWicksteed Playgrounds Creates Polar Bear for Scottish Wildlife Park!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-creates-polar-bear-for-scottish-wildlife-park<p>Wicksteed Playgrounds, known for its bespoke outdoor play schemes, has designed and installed an engaging Arctic play experience at the Highland Wildlife Park! The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland (RZSS) commissioned the play area which provides the opportunity to tell its main stories; about how its animals are incredibly adapted to the cold weather and the wonderful natural setting of the park which is situated in the heart of the impressive Cairngorms National Park.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Polar%20Bear%203%20468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Polar%20Bear2-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Polar%20Bear%204%20468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </p> <p>The focal point of the play area is a giant climbing Rockscape, which features a polar bear standing proudly on a block of ice with tunnels to explore underneath. A large double width slide takes children down to the azure blue safety-surfacing sea where intrepid explorers can hop and balance on wooden planks between 3 floating glaciers, all watched by an inquisitive seal.<br /> <br /> This fun and educational play site is situated near the Polar Bear Kiosk to enable adults to relax while their children are occupied in a safe environment. As well as the main polar bear climbing rock, the site features a single slide into the play area from the kiosk, a balance board, an interactive polar bear menu panel and a &lsquo;put your head through the hole&rsquo; polar bear display. <br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We are delighted with our new play area which is set to be a really popular attraction at the park this summer. Wicksteed impressed us from the start with their creative interpretation of our ambitious brief, which was far and away the best we had seen. We wanted the play area to link to the animals on site and to reflect their habitats and the key characteristics of each animal,&rdquo;</em> commented Daska Mackintosh, Head of Operations and Visitor Services at RZSS Highland Wildlife Park.<br /> <br /> The Highland Wildlife Park is home to over 200 animals including native Scottish species as well as rare and endangered animals from the world's mountains and tundra regions. The 200-acre Park is located just seven miles from Aviemore and is home to snow monkeys, snow leopards, tigers, wildcats (plus other native species, including red deer), wolves and polar bears.<br /> <br /> RZSS Highland Wildlife Park is home to Victoria, the only female Polar bear in the UK, and Walker and Arktos who are the only male polar bears in Scotland. The males share a custom-built enclosure which is one of the world&rsquo;s largest and best polar bear enclosures, with extensive and varied natural landscape providing significant enrichment for the bears. Victoria has her own very large enclosure, which features a pond and soft areas of ground, as well as plenty of space for her to explore. In total, the park devotes more space to polar bears (over 4 hectares, or 10 acres, in total) than any other zoological institution in the world.<br /> <br /> For further information on the Highland Wildlife Park visit <a href="http://www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk">www.highlandwildlifepark.org.uk</a> and to find out more about how Wicksteed can transform your play offering, contact the team on 01536 517028 or visit <a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Date:</strong> 21 July 2017&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>Fri, 21 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-playgrounds-creates-polar-bear-for-scottish-wildlife-parkPrimary school pupils celebrate new playground they designed themselveshttp://www.api-play.org/primary-school-pupils-celebrate-new-playground-they-designed-themselves<p>An enterprising group of pupils who persuaded their Oldham primary school to provide better outdoor play facilities are celebrating a new playground.<br /> <br /> The youngsters, members of the school council at Fir Bank Primary School in Royton, helped to transform the school&rsquo;s play area after appealing for an improved outdoor space for key stage two pupils.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-21%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-2%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-19%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> </p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-16%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-5%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/CreativePlayFirbank-20%20468x305.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> Headteacher Hazel MacKay took their ideas on board and the new playground, designed, built and manufactured by family firm Creative Play, has been unveiled.<br /> <br /> With features including a &lsquo;watch tower&rsquo;, fireman&rsquo;s pole, and climbing wall, the new play area is proving so popular that teachers are currently in the process of timetabling break times to accommodate the pupils at different times. <br /> <br /> The new facility is also encouraging the children to be more active, sociable and better able to concentrate when they return to lessons. <br /> <em><br /> &ldquo;Children from our school council, who represent all our key stage two pupils, came to me and said they felt their outdoor facilities weren&rsquo;t as good as key stage one and could we look at improving them,&rdquo; said Mrs MacKay. &ldquo;I am keen to make a difference and thought it could be a very meaningful project for our school and surrounding community.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;We asked companies to tender for the work and the children developed ideas of what they would like to be included. We asked three companies to pitch for the work, with the children being involved at every stage.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;Our pupils felt that Creative Play was the best in the way they interpreted their ideas so that&rsquo;s what we went with.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s Design Director Tom Briggs who oversaw the project, said: <em>&ldquo;It was terrific working with the children and we took their ideas and incorporated them into the designs.</em><br /> <br /> <em>&ldquo;We created large printed visuals to create impact for the children so they could display them in their classrooms. We&rsquo;ve since heard from Mrs MacKay that there is more co-operation, less arguing and more physical activity among the children and it&rsquo;s really satisfying to play a role in that.&rdquo;<br /> </em><br /> School council member Oliver Morgan, ten, is delighted with the new play facilities.<em> &ldquo;It is brilliant in every way. Everyone enjoys it and it gives us something fun to do at break time. It&rsquo;s also getting us active because before it was built, we&rsquo;d just walk around.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;When we were designing it we really liked the idea of a watch tower because we can watch the football matches being played on the pitch nearby.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Oliver&rsquo;s classmate Eve Williams, ten, also a member of the school council, said: <em>&ldquo;Our new play area is very fun and everyone really seems to like it. Also, we all help each other with things like the fireman&rsquo;s pole which helps everyone to get along well.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Headteacher Mrs MacKay added: <em>&ldquo;Since the new play facilities were installed I&rsquo;ve noticed that there is less standing around as it encourages the children to be very active.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;As well as enhancing their physical development, the new facility seems to have fostered a real spirit of co-operation as they help each other to tackle different sections, like the climbing wall and the fireman&rsquo;s pole. The children are encouraging each other and waiting their turn rather than pushing and shoving and it&rsquo;s lovely to see.<br /> <br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m very proud of the children. They&rsquo;ve played such an important role in making this happen and it is a legacy for future generations.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> The school&rsquo;s new play area includes a four tower Jigsaw system, with a central higher tower to act as the &lsquo;watch tower&rsquo; overlooking the tarmac sports play area. The project also includes safety surfacing and boundary mesh fencing to help secure the area. <br /> <br /> Each Creative Play playground is designed to suit the client&rsquo;s specifications, depending on their budget and location.<br /> <br /> All of Creative Play&rsquo;s equipment is designed and manufactured in Chester by the company&rsquo;s in house teams, who use state of the art equipment and each specialise in timber, plastic or metal. <br /> <br /> Creative Play&rsquo;s own teams install all of the equipment and surfacing to meet the requirements of the client and their own rigorous quality standards.<br /> <br /> For more information visit: <a href="http://www.creativeplayuk.com">www.creativeplayuk.com</a> or call 01244 375627. Facebook and Twitter <a href="https://twitter.com/CreativePlayUK">@CreativePlayUK</a></p> <p><a href="https://twitter.com/CreativePlayUK"></a><strong>Date:</strong> 20 July 2017<br /> <br /> </p>Thu, 20 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/primary-school-pupils-celebrate-new-playground-they-designed-themselveseibe in Oxford’s Treathttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-in-oxfords-treat<p>The amazing new destination play park at Abbey Meadows in Oxfordshire officially opened on Thursday June 15th. With the local Mayor in attendance to cut the proverbial red ribbon, local children rushed to sample the fantastic new equipment on offer. The playspace forms part of a major &pound;615,000 regeneration program to improve Abbey Meadow and help attract more visitors throughout the course of the year. It is designed around the Grand Abbey, which, in turn, is based on the famous Abingdon Abbey, originally built in the seventh century.</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeAbbey-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeEmily%20Crean-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/eibeAbbey%20(2)-468x263.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The bespoke playground features plenty of space for children to exercise and socialise, including climbing towers, wobbly bridges and climbing nets. Next to the Grand Abbey Climbing Unit, and mirroring the scene of the neighbouring River Thames, is the &lsquo;Abingdon Lock&rsquo; river scene, a sensory area and play garden, as well as an area for ball games, featuring lots of traditional play equipment and a thrilling zip wire. The sensory area and play garden is a great place for toddlers to explore, while the new pathway ensures the whole site is fully accessible for those with disabilities. There is plenty of inclusive equipment such as a broad slide, trampoline and roundabout.<br /> <br /> It&rsquo;s not all brand new gear at Abbey Meadows though; it was decided to retain some of the original items and refurbish them. Equipment such as the much loved rocking horse, the favourite slide and some benches have survived and seamlessly integrated into the brand new areas. <br /> Work progressed quicker than expected following the original tender process in the autumn of 2016. Despite some interesting challenges for the installation team &ndash; the park was built on an old refuse site &ndash; the project was completed on time with support from specialist tree experts and environmental officers. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s incredible what gets excavated sometimes during a site survey or installation,&rdquo; commented Ben Neaves, eibe&rsquo;s project manager. <br /> <br /> Working in tandem with Ruth Cross, Leisure Development Officer, Corporate Strategy for South Oxfordshire and Vale of White Horse District Councils, the eibe team took great care and attention when uncovering anything untoward and ensured that all the safety surfacing could be laid safely on the regenerated ground.<br /> <br /> As part of the &pound;320,000 overhaul of Abbey Meadows, the recreation facility features attractive green areas and mounds, alongside several meandering paths weaving around the newly installed equipment. This gives the playspace not ease of accessibility, but also a cosmetically appealing landscape, full of vibrant colour and clever designs.<br /> <br /> You can see a whole array of great pictures from the Abbey Meadows Open Day, as well as all our other projects, on our Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/people/eibeplay/<br /> <br /> Certainly, if the feedback from four year old Emily Crean is anything to go by (see image), Abbey Meadows is going to be very bust this summer&hellip;<br /> <br /> Learn more about eibe Play: &nbsp;<a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk">www.eibe.co.uk</a></p> <p><a href="http://www.eibe.co.uk"></a><strong>Date: </strong>07 July 2017</p>Fri, 07 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/eibe-in-oxfords-treatWicksteed Kicks the Competition into Touch in Warrington!http://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-kicks-the-competition-into-touch-in-warrington<p>Wicksteed Playground has built a reputation for creating wonderfully bespoke play areas across the UK and can bring a community&rsquo;s history or significant local theme into the playground. One of the latest bespoke projects to be completed is in Brickfields Park in Warrington where a giant rugby ball shaped climbing Rockscape sits at the heart of the &pound;161k play area &ndash; children can challenge themselves to scramble over the giant rugby ball using moulded hand and foot holds which are positioned at different levels. The play scheme includes a 20m steel Cableway, Pendulum Swing, an Xtreme multi-play unit from the XS teens range and a Swirl inclusive roundabout!</p> <p> <div class="row"> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Brickfield%20Park%20themed%20on%20Warrington%20Rugby%20Clubsm-web468x346.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-%20Brickfields%20Park-web468x347.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> <div class="col-xs-12 col-md-4"><img alt="" src="/upload/public/images/news/Wicksteed-Brickfields%20parksm-web468x347.jpg" class="img-responsive img-rounded" /></div> </div> <br /> The upgraded site also includes a new older children&rsquo;s play area, outdoor gym and fenced dog exercise area plus the replacement of equipment in the younger children&rsquo;s play zone. Both the rugby ball and surfacing use the Warrington Wolves blue and yellow club colours.<br /> <br /> Laura Stanley, Principal Project Manager at Warrington Council, said: <em>&ldquo;Rugby is at the heart of Warrington and Brickfields Park is just a stone&rsquo;s throw from the Warrington Wolves Stadium. Wicksteed Playgrounds provided us with an innovative, creative area for the community with a great rugby theme.&rdquo;</em><br /> <br /> Our Rockscapes can be made into any shape and our design team can create a fantastic eye-catching addition to your local play area and are great fun to climb on!<br /> <br /> For more info or a free consultation contact the team at Wicksteed on 01536 517028 or visit:&nbsp;<a href="http://www.wicksteed.co.uk">www.wicksteed.co.uk</a>&nbsp;<br /> <br /> </p>Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 GMThttp://www.api-play.org/wicksteed-kicks-the-competition-into-touch-in-warrington