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Getting creative with play

Getting creative with play

24 October 2016
Artist impression of the Elms Field Play area proposal

With work due to start next year on the Elms Field redevelopment scheme, Wokingham Borough Council has been working with play area designers on proposals for an exciting new play area for the town centre.


The designs are now ready to share and the council is keen to hear local residents and families comments on what is set to become one of the best play areas locally.

Designs emerge


Cllr Mark Ashwell, executive member for planning and regeneration, said: “It’s been really great watching the designs emerge since we were granted planning consent in April. Our brief to the designers was we wanted to create an aspirational play area, one which would attract families to the town centre and would offer a fantastic play experience for all. The designs which have come back offer this and more.  We hope local parents and children will be excited about what we are proposing to create.


“The designs have incorporated lots of feedback from consultations over the years. These have included things such as lots of space to run around, bigger and better equipment suitable for a wider range of ages, and plentiful seating throughout including areas for picnics and relaxation. There will also be a new sensory garden area within the area.


 “As part of the process we took the designers to see some of the other fantastic play areas which the council has provided in recent years so they could get a feel for the area so that we can offer something just as fantastic as these. 

“We’re also keen to make sure the play area is accessible for a wide range of abilities, making sure there is the right range of equipment and the designs offer a safe and secure environment for children to play in, whilst offering easy access to the rest of the park. We’ve also made sure the designs promote imaginative and creative play alongside more traditional opportunities such as slides and swings.”

More information


People can find out more about the proposals by downloading a handout by visiting the regeneration company website. Copies of the handout are also be available from the Shute End Reception area and Town Hall Information Centre.


People can email their comments about the play area proposals to the regeneration team at: towncentre.regeneration@wokingham.gov.uk or send them in writing to the Town Centre Regeneration, Wokingham Borough Council, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1BN.


Comments should be received by Sunday November 13. Feedback will be used to help finalise the play area designs which will be delivered as part of the wider Elms Field regeneration.