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  • Client: Watford Borough Council
  • Project: Harwoods Adventurous Playground
  • Budget: £220,000 Supply
  • Year Installed: 2017

Harwoods Adventurous Playground

Harwoods Adventurous Playground in Watford


Harwoods Adventurous Playground on Vicarage Road marks the completion of Watford Borough Council’s £1.4million investment in bespoke adventurous play. This site offers all-year-round play opportunities for young people and their families to enjoy together. The playground also considers children with special needs by incorporating equipment which creates a sensory experience using special panels to reflect light and others which produce music and sound effects. The playground features some of the most exciting, state-of-the-art outdoor play equipment for five to 15-year-olds in the country. The local community gave a big thumbs up during the opening day as they tried it out for the first time.

Design Process of Harwoods Adventurous Playground


Watford awarded Southern Green Landscape Architects the project to develop a unique and inspiring play space for their local community. Southern Green Landscape looked upon Jupiter Play and our bespoke capabilities and timber material consequently bringing the vision to life.

The bespoke unit showcases an organic theme in attempts to compliment the natural shape of the timber and existing landscape. Southern Green Landscape and Jupiter designers maintained this natural flow by avoiding the use of large man-made structures. As a result, this limited the visual impact on the surrounding landforms. Adding to the play value, the design also incorporates multiple play structures at varying levels around the feature unit. These include; a toddler multiplay, stepping stilts, agility course, climbing nets, play boulders, playhouses, climbing entrance structure and more.Key features of the playground include a new double zip wire, play tower with mid-air tunnel, slide and climbing wall. The bespoke unit can be accessed via a wibbly wobbly bridge to enhance sensory play for mobility aid users. The bespoke unit is roofed with special panels consequently reflecting light in different colours.

Play for all at Harwoods Adventurous Playground


There is equipment which generates music and sounds to create a sensory experience that all can explore. Inclusive Play and their PiPA tool fully assessed the playground to ensure it can be enjoyed by children of all abilities.

 

Harry Young, aged eight, said: “There are loads of rides. I like the big slide best because it’s really long. But I don’t feel scared – just a bit nervous as I come out of the end into all the sand. I got a bit messy, but I am OK now.”

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We are so excited that we can bring this adventurous playground to you. It is the new creative play we wanted for Watford – please come along: You won’t be disappointed. It is clearly loved by the children and it is great to see so many happy faces here as they play. I am particularly proud that this playground has something to offer young people of all abilities. With our other adventurous playground at Harebreaks and our great free Easter and summer play programme, I believe Watford must be one of the best places in the country for play.” Cllr Karen Collet

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