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Alderton Road play area receives vibrant animal-themed refurbishment

Alderton Road play area

When it came to refurbishing the playground on Alderton Road, Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Borough Council approached three playground suppliers to propose a design for the makeover. Following on from a community consultation process, Proludic’s engaging animal-themed concept was chosen as the winning design for the new toddler play area.

Proludic ensured inclusive items of equipment were included in the design to provide access to a wide range of users. The exciting new design included traditional play items such as a big multiplay unit, a cradle swing – a must for all young children – and a roundabout. Additionally, inclusive equipment such as a pod swing and a wheelchair-accessible trampoline allows children of all abilities to play together.

Vibrant animal graphics in the wet pour surfacing offer a striking and engaging finishing touch for the playground. The use of themes such as this allows children to express themselves through make-believe role-play. With its vibrantly coloured surfacing and inclusive play equipment, the resulting play area will benefit the community and its toddlers well into the future.

Back in May 2020, during the early stages of the Covid-19 pandemicProludic launched their 100 Rainbow Pledge initiative. The initiative is designed to help support community projects and key worker charities during this difficult period in the history of the nation. Colchester Borough Homes nominated a charity within their community to be one of 100 play parks to benefit from the £100 Rainbow Pledge donation. The chosen charity was the well known ‘Oak Tree Centre, St Anne’s Community Hall’, home to a Barnardo’s Children’s centre.

At a handing over ceremony, Colchester Borough Homes and Colchester Borough Council representatives met with Oak Tree Centre, St Anne’s Community Hall staff at the play area where a cheque was presented. A commemorative rainbow plaque was also fitted to the play area’s fencing to remind visitors of the charitable donation.

Dirk Paterson, Chair of the Colchester Borough Homes Board, attended the handing over ceremony to thank Proludic and everyone involved in delivering this exciting project. He said “On behalf of Colchester Borough Homes, thank you to everyone involved who helped to deliver this incredible new playground.  I’m sure families and residents in the local community will love this new facility.

“This park, and Proludic’s very generous donation to the Oak Tree Centre, highlight the benefits of working in partnership. Collaboration like this provides residents and communities in Colchester with the opportunities and facilities that they deserve.”

Cllr Beverly Oxford, Colchester Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Communities, said: “The new play area is looking fabulous and I’m sure local children will really enjoy the new improved facilities.

“Since the pandemic started, I have been hugely impressed by the strength and resilience of Colchester’s residents, volunteers, local organisations and charities who have come together to provide help, care and support to those most in need. That’s why it’s wonderful to celebrate occasions when initiatives such as the Proludic 100 Rainbow Pledge, supports community projects and key worker charities in our borough.”