Shiver me timbers – pirate play area for country park

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Younger children will be able to play at being pirates with new equipment coming to Daventry Country Park.

A wooden pirate ship is among the elements of the new play area, specifically designed for children aged eight and under. A slide, balance beams, a climbing wall, wooden teepees, log steps and a saddle net will also be installed.

The design, by Northamptonshire firm Wicksteed, was picked from a choice of three by members of the public during a consultation in the autumn.

The £35,000 funding for the play area, which is set to be installed in the spring, is coming from DDC’s Second Homes Fund. DDCs community, culture and leisure portfolio holder Cllr Alan Hills said: “We were very pleased at the response to this consultation, which provided some very useful feedback. The country park is there for the community so it’s important the community had the opportunity to help choose the new play area.

“The existing play area is extremely popular with families but there isn’t as much apparatus for younger children as we would like.

“This new play area addresses that and I’m sure young children will enjoy using the new equipment for many years to come.”