Play areas

Cornwall Council manages over 150 children's equipped play areas. These are regularly inspected. Where immediate repairs are possible they are put in place quickly. Sometimes it is necessary to fence off areas temporarily until a more permanent solution can be delivered. In some cases a piece of play equipment or other feature reaches the end of its usable life and has to be removed.

We will invest in improving or renovating children's play areas. This will be done in accordance with clear priorities and standards. These are set out in the local Open Space Strategy. Improvements can only be made where funding is available. Funding for improvements is sometimes available from local housing development. Often this is through a Section 106 fund. We also work with local community groups. These groups: 

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  • help raise funds from other external sources
  • help steer the design of improvements
  • participate in additional volunteer activities

Current consultations

We are now consulting on the design for:-

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Current Play Programme schemes

We are currently also delivering the following schemes:-

  • Former Richard Lander Playing Field, Truro. 

    Further to the consultation exercise undertaken last year in relation to the former playing field the Council is pleased to share the intended design which includes a range of features requested by the community. These include tree planning, play area, informal kick about/ dog walking area, a wild life area all linked via a network of footpaths.

  • Latchbrook, Saltash. Consultations on improvements for Gallacher Way and Yellow Tor play areas ran from August - October 2017. The results are informing proposed improvements. These will now be costed so that options can be presented to local residents for a follow-up consultation in February 2018.

  • Millpond Play Area, Hayle. The latest design proposal can now be viewed. Work has been ordered and it is hoped that the improvements can be delivered by January 2018. The results of earlier consultations were used to develop designs.
  • Poldrea Green, Tywardreath. We consulted residents and users of the space in March 2017. The results were used to develop designs for improvements. The final design was chosen by the community and has been ordered, and work is expected to start in December 2017.

Other priority projects:

  • Atlantic Rd Play Area, Newquay - Funding has been secured from local development to improve this play area as a key strategic facility for the west of the town. Consultations ran (on-line) in Nov 2017, which will inform the next stage of project development. Survey Results.
  • Alexandra Play Area, Penzance - 3 new items of equipment completed and opened to the public in December 2016. Following a series of consultations design option A, the most popular, was ordered. There is a summary of the consultations to date for the Alexandra Play Area project.
  • Beacon Playing Field, Camborne - Consultation report. The site is expected to be transferring to Camborne Town Council later in the year, who will take the project forward.
  • Brea Play Area, Camborne - goals and furniture installed, awaiting decision on slide or mound.
  • Chestnut Close Play Area, Torpoint. New toddler swing and railings completed Nov 2017.
  • Esplanade Green, Newquay - project completed 2017
  • Foxes Lane Play Area, Mousehole. Following a tender and follow-up consultation, the winning design was installed in August 2017. This design received 50% of the votes. As an off-shoot a community-led project is focussing on the other landscaping and planting.
  • Glasney Playing Field BMX track, Penryn - S106 funding
  • Harmony Close Play Area, Redruth - S106 funding
  • Hayle Recreation Ground, Hayle - completed May 2016
  • Mevagissey, Valley Road - completed 2016
  • Regatta Playing Field, Charlestown
  • Roseland Gardens, Redruth - S106 funding
  • Sandyhill Play Area, St Austell - S106 funding
  • St Columb Minor Playing Field, Newquay - Funding has been secured from local developments to improve the play area and access across the playing field to the school. The concept design proposals are being costed and revisions will be made available when known to be viable.
  • St Just Recreation Ground, St Just-in-Penwith - £30,000 has been set aside towards a new skate park. Consultations on the park in general closed in May 2017, which is now being used to steer a community-led project to improve the space, concentrating first on the creation of a new concrete wheeled-sports facility.
  • Trefusis Playing Field, Redruth - initial repairs completed June 2016. Proposals for replacement swings and pitch improvements being developed.
  • Treloggan Green, Newquay - We are working with the Treloggan Residents Association on improvements. This is to provide new play provision. The project will include an application to designate the triangular area known as ‘Bookers Triangle’ as a Village Green. S106 funding
  • Trenance Park Car Park Play, Newquay - completed in June 2016
  • Truro Park, St Austell - S106 funding - S106 funding
  • Valley Road Play Area, Mevagissey - improvements were completed in November 2016
  • Victoria Park, Redruth - new improvements with disabled access and play equipment completed Spring 2017.

(Capital programme contingency sites)

  • Crooklets Play Area, Bude
  • Castle Park, Liskeard

To learn more or to get involved in any of the above schemes e-mail environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk

If you are developing a project to invest in a play area that is not on the above list, it is worth checking that the facility is strategically a priority. The Open Space Strategy for the local area (if a town) will indicate where resources are best focussed. Some very small play areas have very limited use and can often be poorly located. It is evident that in the current economic climate the community is better served by better quality equipped play areas. These should be accessible to the largest population. They should also ensuring that all residents have access to some form of open space for informal play.

For more information on developing your own project Cornwall Council has produced the Out To Play guide.

A very useful guide to planning play that demonstrates that it’s not all about swings and slides on rubber is Play England's Design for Play.

Funding for play improvements is potentially available from a number of sources as identified in the Open Space Strategy. Where available Section 106 funds are a potential local source. This is dependent on there having been recent housing developments in the immediate area.