A series of case studies which demonstrate how inspirational and beneficial children's play areas can be within town parish and community councils. When play provision has been successfully embraced by the communities and their children and provided by accredited API members.  This is by no means an exhaustive list please check out our members own sites for relevant case studies and project examples. [Our Members

YMCA Sovereign Centre, Reigate – Play Area

The YMCA Sovereign Centre in Reigate is a dedicated centre for  children and young people. The centre hosts a range of local  services for children  under 5 and holiday schemes for young people and children with disabilities. They required a complete play area, suitable to be used by anyone up to  the age of 16; all  with varying capabilities.

Broxap t/a Hand Made Places www.handmadeplaces.co.uk Case Study: >> read more 



Cae Glass Park, Oswestry

The play area is the result of plans drawn up by town councillors working with the Oswestry Youth Council and local primary schools. "The children absolutely loved it. People seemed to be pleased with what we have come up with after the consultation with the youth and children. When the play area opened, there were queues of people waiting to have a go. It was wonderful that it was ready for the bank holiday. The children were really enjoying it."

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Roseudgeon Village, Cornwall

Roseudgeon Play area followed the traditional layout of a climbing frame with a slide and a set of swings. A banked area that was overgrown was out of commission to the children and the aim was simply to transform a tired area into one that offered imaginative and creative play. A castle theme was adopted complete with a Keep and ramparts. The bank allowed for a heightened position of the castle to add value to the role play by providing a look out and a position of strength against would be assailants.

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Harston Recreation Ground undergoes complete refurbishment

Harston Parish council initiated the project of rejuvenating the playground and making it suitable for children of a wide age range. HAGS SMP installed a variety of play and fitness units, from a designated space for toddlers to a number of climbing walls as well as BMX ramps. Parish Council Chairman Rob can’t wait to use the cableway himself!

HAGS SMP www.hags-smp.co.uk Case Study: >> read more


Huge Worth in Littleworth
In a quintessentially English corner of the world, Norton Juxta Kempsey Parish Council has being working tirelessly on a fund-raising mission for several years. Its aim was to build a new playspace at Norton Parish Hall, on the site of an old park which had been in much need of modernisation for a long time.

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The Cutty Play Park, Aberdeenshire
With this design and build contract, Wicksteed were asked by Aberdeenshire’s Bervie Play Parks Committee to help create a park to provide state of the art, inclusive and accessible facilities within easy walking distance of the residents of Inverbervie. Following Wicksteed’s initial concept design, regular consultation was taken between the Committee and residents to ensure that the final design befitted the needs of the local community.

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New Thames River Multiplay at Chapel Lane, Chirk
Play & Leisure were approached by two mothers who wanted to improve their current play area for the children of Chirk, by introducing more equipment specifically for toddlers as well as older children.

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Tumbling Bay, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
This new park has been developed with several housing blocks requiring a community hub. The responsibility for developing this key space was opened as a competition, with several landscape firms battling to win the prestigious tender. LUC were successful, working with erect architecture to deliver a social core to the park.
Image: LUC

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Chalgrove Play Project
Chalgrove Village Hall play area was old, uninspiring and lifeless, so families in the area decided it was time to call for a change. Two years on from the initial planning stages, they now have a fantastic new play area that’s packed with exciting equipment.

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Refurbishment works at Chipstead Recreation Ground
Chevening Parish Council in Sevenoaks Kent were looking to refurbish their existing play area at Chipstead Recreation Ground. They approached seven companies and asked them to quote for ideas to replace the existing equipment to cover the age range of 1-15 years.

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Jurassic-themed play equipment in Cuckfield
It was in a quarry in Cuckfield that a fossil from the first dinosaur known to science was uncovered and identified in the 1820s. To celebrate its 50th anniversary, local community group the Cuckfield Society raised funds and worked with Mid-Sussex District Council to enhance the existing village play area with a new play area to reflect the area’s history. 

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Dersingham Recreation Ground Play Area
Three years of hard work and persistence from Dersingham Parish Council has finally got the community a play area that they can be proud of and children will enjoy for many years.

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eibe Plants its Roots in Wrotham
eibe Play has laid down another fun-packed playspace in Kent. The £100,000 castle-themed scheme in Wrotham pays tribute to St George’s Church in the village and is crammed with adventure play items that not only look fantastic, but will entertain local children for years to come.The playground is the outcome of two years’ hard endeavour by five mums of Wrotham Park Life. Working tirelessly to raise the necessary funds, the maternal quintet was thrilled when the park recently opened.

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Your Community Can with This Girl Can and Proludic
In the UK we recognise that women and girls are falling short in comparison to men on completing the required amount of physical activity. This brilliant campaign aims to encourage more women and girls aged between 14 and 40 years to get involved in sport and not be ashamed, embarrassed or frightened to do so. 

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5-year fundraising campaign launched by Harling councillors brings fantastic play area to life
The rejuvenated play area is the result of five years of hard work done by dedicated councillors and a highly engaged community. The play equipment features a challenging multi-play unit alongside playground staples.

HAGS SMP www.hags-smp-co.uk Case Study: >> read more


Bespoke Noah’s Ark draws in the crowds… more than two by two!
Working with Wicksteed the Kingsway International Christian Centre in Medway, Kent is now home to a brilliant new play area designed around the story of Noah's Ark.

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Boscawen Park, Truro, Cornwall
Boscawen Park has everything a park should have for people of all ages in a community. As well as its impressive floral bed displays, bandstand and duck pond it has a great range of sporting facilities. These include a cricket pitch, three football pitches and eight tennis courts.

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Euston Street Park – Northwest England
Euston Street Park in Northwest England was granted a £47,100 boost to enhance their residential play area.The project came about, three years ago when Friends of Euston Street Park identified that there was a need for a new play area which received great community support and funding partners. RTC were directly approached by the project’s landscaping contractors Barton Grange who had put together an exciting design for the safety surfacing. 

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Wharton Recreation Ground play area and outdoor gym, Winsford
The new facility promotes physical activity and has been given a unique identity owing to bespoke floor graphics inspired by the strong mining heritage of the town.

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Tollgate Centre Shopping Park Play Area Colchester, Essex

Russell Play was asked by the Landscape Practice to create a children’s play area at Tollgate Centre Shopping Park. This was to form part of a planned makeover to improve the visitor’s overall experience at the shopping park. Tollgate decided to ask their customers, in a series of surveys, what they would like to see improved at the shopping complex that would make their visit more enjoyable.

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A Sensory Experience for Martin House Children’s Hospice, Boston Spa
Playscheme were so honoured to be asked to be a part of this project for Martin House Children’s Hospice and we were so pleased that we could make their dreams a reality; helping them to continue delivering the best palliative care by installing the best child and family focused play area that we could. Creating a zen sensory playground experience, the overall area included 20 different elements, all appealing to different senses and therefore creating a tangible adventure for every child who comes into contact with it.

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Rural parish delighted with fabulous new play area!
Catterall is a civil parish in Lancashire, located within the Borough of Wyre. Catterall Parish Council is delighted with their new playground at the Queen Elizabeth II Playing Field, that will provide an exciting place for the community’s children to play for many years to come.

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Award Winning Hospital Playground Accessible To All
Play specialists, Sutcliffe Play South West has installed an inclusive playground as part of a development plan to upgrade Ward 15 at Singleton Hospital, Swansea. The new Children’s Development Centre went on to win a prestigious ‘Building Better Hospitals’ award.  Singleton Hospital wanted to rejuvenate the existing play area which was looking tired and worn and include a paved area which was not being used.

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Coppull Parish Council
Looking to re-vamp an existing barked area and provide play opportunities for a varied age range, Coppull Parish Council had a fantastic range of play equipment installed to provide the local play area with equipment children can enjoy for many years to come. 

Creative Play (UK) www.creativeplayuk.com Case Study: >> read more




Talsarnau Village Park
A small village in North Wales, Talsarnau Village Park Committee approached us to discuss the design and installation of new play equipment for a dedicated new play area in their  village. Having discussed several designs - as well as material options - they opted for one of our All-Play 2 High Level multi-play frames - manufactured from Recycled Plastic. 

Playquest Adventure Play www.playquestadventureplay.co.uk Case Study: >> read more




Lancaster West Estate Play Area
Positioned within the grounds of the Lancaster West Estate, this play area provides many opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to have fun. here is a large climb around that offers challenging, active play through various climbing ropes, traverse walls, slides, bridges and rope swings. 

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Wormholt Park Play Area, Shepherds Bush, London
The play expertise of Russell Play was brought on board by the landscape architects and urban designers Levitt Bernstein Associates to help with their task of reimagining and revitalising Wormholt park. The play area was part of a much larger £1million overhaul of Wormholt Park, funded by a local developer which included planting, footpaths, an upgraded games area and adventure park.

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A new playground at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital is just what the doctor ordered!
The aim of the play area project at the Jenny Lind Children’s Hospital in Norwich was to create and provide a safe but exciting environment for children to play in that would enhance time spent in the hospital, whether as a patient or visitor. The site would cater for all ages and offer children the opportunity to interact with others, increase their confidence and be active & healthy.

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Netley Marsh Parish Council 
Wanting to replace old and tired equipment, we provided Netley Marsh Parish Council with a number of different products that are sure to provide the local community with a great recreational ground. 

Creative Play (UK) www.creativeplayuk.com Case Study: >> read more




Community Enterprise Centre Play Area, Cumbernauld The Community Enterprise Centre Play Area is an example of a great, all round, play-park serving the needs of families in a local community. Installed nearby the brand new Community Enterprise Centre building the park is positioned alongside a seam of mature woodland. It offers kids, of the surrounding residential population a great array of fun and physical play activities close to home. 

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Wingham’s wonderful new play area has the WOW factor!
Wingham Parish Council is delighted to have a fantastic, brand new play area at Wingham Recreation Ground in the picturesque village of Wingham, Kent. Their previous children’s play area had been there for over twenty- five years and was looking outdated, had minimal equipment & lacked imagination. Consequently, it received very few visitors. The time had come for a new one! The Parish Council wanted to replace the play area with the intention of creating an exciting & stimulating community area for all types of users.

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