westley design | inclusive landscape architecture

Radstock Park Play Pathfinder

Play landscape design

The challenge

We were appointed under the Play Pathfinder project, by Bath and North East Somerset District Council as their designers for play space development within six existing run down parks. The challenge was to design play landscapes focussed on 8-13 year olds (but also involving inclusive provision for children in older and younger categories). The key elements of the project brief were natural play and inclusion of opportunity for disabled stakeholders. A further challenge was the project program which required consultation with six sets of local stakeholders, design and implementation management of all six projects over a period of just 6 months. Tyning Park is small, neighbourhood greenspace. It contained only a traditional set of under 8 play equipment and a small set of earth BMX jumps surrounded by a railing fence.

What we did

Westley Design worked with Mor Design and Bath Area Play Project and Wansdyke Play Association play rangers to facilitate consultation sessions with local people. We responded to the feedback from these sessions and the design brief from the client (Bath and North East Somerset District Council and District and Town Councils) to produce first, a Conceptual Play Strategy, then an Outline Proposal and finally a Play Masterplan for each of the six parks working with timber designer-makers Touchwood Enterprises.  Our design response at Tyning Park was to: Level and re-seed part of the site to create an informal ball games pitch, enhance and improve the BMX track and mounding with spoil from works to the pitch, Supply and install inclusive feature play piece and associated surface, supply and install ‘low key’ path network, using self binding gravel, create play and  ‘chill out mounds, including resilient native planting and shade tree planting to boundary, create a separate, fenced dog run area.

The result

Our consultations with the community were effectively focussed into the successively resolved proposals, which were successfully presented to the community and received their endorsement. The schemes is now being developed into a detailed proposal with our project partners Touchwood Enterprises. The plan is to continue community involvement throughout the project implementation phase, through on-site public design and making workshops, developed in a close working relationship with skilled bespoke play design-makers. The plan is to implement the six play landscapes on site by spring 2009.

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