Youngsters and parents have given a big thumbs-up to the latest addition to the play area at Daventry Country Park.
Specifically geared towards children aged under eight, the new pirate-themed equipment was installed at the playground in the park off Northern Way last month.
Daventry District Council’s Community, Culture and Leisure Portfolio Holder Councillor Alan Hills cut the ribbon to officially open the new play area on Monday.
And children who gathered for the launch were quick to vote with their feet, running to play on the new wooden pirate ship, balance beams, climbing wall and log steps in spite of the rain.
The new equipment, which also includes wooden teepees, a slide and a saddle net, complements the playground’s existing apparatus such as the zip wire, scramble net, swings, slides and climbing frames.
Andy Bosworth of Daventry, dad of six-year-old Alex, said: “It’s always nice when there’s an improvement to the facilities for kids – it helps get them away from the PlayStation, they can run around and enjoy themselves.
“It’s good that the new equipment is aimed at the younger children – it helps parents as it means there’s something for the little ones as well as the older children.”
Melissa Swain, of Squirrels Childcare, said: “It’s brilliant. When we used to come before there wasn’t so much for the smaller children but now there’s this new area there’s something for a range of different ages.
“We travel here from Duston to give the children as much outdoor learning as possible. This is a good place to come because the play area is fenced and it’s really safe.”
Designed by Northamptonshire firm Wicksteed, the £35,000 play area was picked from a choice of three by members of the public during a consultation held in the autumn
Cllr Hills said: “It’s long been our ambition to provide more apparatus for younger children at Daventry Country Park so I am very pleased to open this fantastic new play area.
“We are always very keen for local people to have a say in what happens at the Country Park, so it’s particularly pleasing that the design was picked out by members of the public.
“It is wonderful to see the young children getting so much enjoyment from the new equipment. It certainly gets their seal of approval, which is the most important thing, and I’m sure it will be very well used for many years to come.”