Plans for new play equipment in Wildridings park revampBy Jennie Slevin
February 05, 2013
A play area for disabled children, exercise equipment and improvements to the pavilion are part of a revamp of Mill Park.
The Bracknell Town Council plans for the recreation ground in Wildridings include a sports legacy zone and an inclusive play area.
The inclusive play area will be part-funded by Aiming High for Disabled Children (Bracknell Forest Council), and will provide equipment suitable for young people, up to the age of 18, with disabilities, including complex needs.
The sports legacy zone will allow children to take part in structured training programmes as part of a group, by using equipment which encourages children to stay fit through fun activities.
Councillor Chris Turrell, leader of Bracknell Town Council, said: “These are exciting proposals – our Olympic legacy funding is an excellent chance to provide more play and exercise equipment for all residents.
“There will be a number of zones which will include climbing and play equipment as well as exercise areas.
“I think it will be a really nice, new facility and I’m really pleased that we have got this funding.”
He added: “I think there’s more awareness about disability now and it’s really important that we continue to include everyone in the community. A significant section of the population are disabled and this inclusive play area will provide them with a place to go.”
Parents and children who use the park in Wildridings Road will help finalise design details for the new play area. The changes will help improve existing play equipment, which includes a skate park.
Jo Lillywhite, Aiming High development manager, said: “I’m really pleased we have been able to support the town council in this exciting project which will give disabled children and their families increased access to opportunities within the community.
“This project compliments what is already available, particularly at The Look Out, and continues our commitment to disabled children and their families.”
The town council has received funding from a number of organisations including Bracknell Forest Homes to build the new play areas. The council hopes to start work in the next few months once planning permission is secured for the new equipment. It also hopes the changes will attract families to walk in the park alongside the pond and use the nearby Mill Park Café.