Playground upgrades - questions and answers
So how does a playground make the revamp list?
We carefully monitor all our playground equipment to make sure it stays safe for everyone to play on. This is measured against national standards, and this year there are six up for renewal because some of the equipment’s reaching the end of its safe shelf life. If only some of the equipment needs renewing, we'll do a partial renewal.
What happens to the old equipment?
We replace equipment because it’s reached the end of its safe life. Which means that in most cases, we can't just repurpose it somewhere else. Where possible, we recycle or reuse materials if we can do so safely.
What kind of things can I suggest for the playground upgrade?
We want to hear your ideas, so we can make sure the playground meets the needs of the people who use it. That's why it's important that you share your ideas. Once we have those ideas, we look at the set budgets we have for each playground and we aim to provide new equipment that meets the criteria, fits with what we can afford and meets community needs. Our parks team works hard to be creative to make sure we get the best solution with the money available.
What happens once the first round of consultation's closed?
We'll take a look at all the options, ideas and what's doable, and then come back to you with some options for the second round of consultation.
When will the playground upgrades happen, and when will they new playgrounds open?
We don't have set dates yet but will keep everyone in the loop. We'll aim to have six upgrades listed for 2019/2020 completed by June 2020.