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Galgorm Playground – Mid & East Antrim Borough Council 2022

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Refurbishment of the existing play area adjacent to the Community Centre involving the removal of all the old equipment, timber fencing and sand surfacing.

The new play equipment included a bespoke 4m tower, inclusive roundabout, basket swing, toddler and junior swings, activity unit for younger children with wheelchair access, and activity panels.  Moving play items such as the swings and spinners are positioned away from the entrance gate.  The toddler items are positioned closest to the entrance; these include the inclusive castle playhouse, dragon themed seesaw and bee rocker.

All activity panels are at wheelchair and buggy height, located on the fence and 2 located near the wheelchair unit.  The inclusive seat with harness is located nearest the gate, the cradle and the flat seats are furthest away.  The wheelchair accessible unit ramp faces the entrance for a clear visual route, with the pole spin and the wheelchair roundabout on either side.  The large themed Castle unit, the dish roundabout is also easily accessed with the basket swing tucked in the corner for seniors and less able bodied children.

The play area was completed with fencing, bins, benches, signage and coloured wetpour safety surfacing with graphics.  The equipment caters for varying abilities and the inclusive pieces are integrated in the design so as children with disabilities can play alongside their peers.  Overall the playground as a strong themed design, where children will gain insight into the local history, associated concepts and ideas to their wider surroundings.

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