A new playground for Pennington
New Playground officially opened by the Town Mayor
Pennington Playground was officially declared opened by the Town Mayor Barry Dunning on 26 September. The opening was attended by children from nearby primary schools and playgroups who received goodie bags from the playground supplier and installer Wicksteed.
Also in attendance were the Chairman of the Playground subcommittee, Councillor Penny Jackman, and the Chairman of the Amenities Committee, Councillor Peter Allen and the who were both instrumental in ensuring this playground got off the ground and completed to the specification of the local children’s chosen pieces of equipment.
The newly refurbished play area on Pennington Common gets the thumbs up from local children!
The newly refurbished playground on Pennington Common unofficially opened on the 25th August, just before the Bank Holiday weekend.
The Town Council invested £65,000 in a complete overhall of the play park, adding innovative and exciting pieces of play equipment to challenge and suit children of all ages and mobility.
The playground includes a donkey springer that echo's the Donkey Derby event in the summer and the common’s grazing history: at the time of Lymington's salt industry, donkeys were used to transport salt from the marshes to the main road and would graze on Pennington Common.
The playground was installed by Wicksteed and has been sensitively designed in wooden apparatus where possible to blend in and enhance the SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) status of the Common.
Back in February a consultation went out to the schools, nursery and preschool in the vicinity, where the children voted for their top 3 items they would like to see installed in this playground. The Town Council received back 757 responses, with the trampoline coming out in first place, the zip wire second and the 4m pirate's lair being third. These were included in the chosen scheme along with the following pieces: pick up sticks, buddy board, 2 multiplay pieces, inclusive roundabout, 3 way cockerel, donkey springer, 2 cradle swings for toddlers, 2 flat swings and a basket swing – totalling 13 pieces of play equipment.
The new playground will be officially 'opened' at the end of September. Check back here for more details soon!