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Play areas

In accordance with government restrictions all communal spaces within parks such as playgrounds, enclosed sports courts and pitches, outdoor gyms and similar facilities are now closed until further notice.

Closure signs will be put up to this effect.  In the meantime residents of Cornwall are reminded that the COVID 19 virus can survive on hard surfaces for more than 48 hours and are asked to act responsibly at this time.

Our Environment Service manages 129 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.

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We will invest in improving or renovating children's play areas 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: 

  • help raise funds from other external sources
  • help steer the design of improvements
  • participate in additional volunteer activities
  • Bull Engine Skate Area, St Blazey - It was necessary to remove the existing equipment, due to irrepairable safety defects. The site is also being looked at, as part of the StARR scheme, and the Council is exploring ways to create a new facility along with the drainage solutions, based upon consultations, undertaken in June/July 2019.
  • Culverland Park, Liskeard - renovations undertaken 2019/20. 
  • Hallaze Road Play Area, Penwithick - renovation of large swing apparatus due in 2020
  • Harmony Close Play Area, Redruth - S106 funded renovations expected 2020
  • Park Bottom Playing Field, Illogan - Park users were consulted in August 2019, and again in October 2019 to inform & choose plans to replace old play equipment and re-think a number of aspects about the park. The survey results have informed the final design, which will be installed in 2020.
  • Seaton Play Area -  Partial renovation of facilities, and the replacement of old log equipment and surfacing. Consultations were carried out in June/July 2019, and again in October 2019 to inform & select a preferred design. Work on phase 1 is underway and due to be completed in 2020. The remaining new equipment will be delivered in a future 2nd phase, the parish & residents association are working on raising the necessary funds.
  • 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.
  • Atlantic Rd Play Area, Newquay - Improvement work is now complete, with funding secured from local development.The play area is a key strategic facility for the west of the town, view designs for this play area. Initial consultations: Survey Results.
  • Castle Park Play Area, Liskeard. -We hope a project to tackle some local issues and make improvements will commence during 2020.
  • 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.
  • Latchbrook, Saltash. Consultations on improvements for Gallacher Way and Yellow Tor play areas ran from August - October 2017. The results were used to inform different design options, which were consulted on during January and February 2018. The favourite design was delivered in July 2018. 
  • Millpond Play Area, Hayle. The latest design was installed in April 2018. The results of earlier consultations were used to develop designs.
  • Newbridge Lane Playing Field, Truro. This brand new play area on the Former Richard Lander school field was completed in spring 2019 following consultations on the desing which includes a range of extra features requested by the community: tree planting, play area, informal kick about / dog walking area, a wild life area all linked via a network of footpaths. Funding from local development.
  • Poldrea Green, Tywardreath. Following consultations in 2017, the final design was chosen by the community and these improvements were completed in May 2018.
  • Mevagissey, Valley Road - improvements were completed in November 2016. See video: Valley Road Play Area 
  • Regatta Playing Field, Charlestown - works completed Early 2019
  • St Columb Minor Playing Field, Newquay - Funding secured from local developments was used to improve the play area and access across the playing field to the school. The design was completed in 2018.
  • 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. New group swings and a surfaced ball games area were delivered in the summer 2018.
  • Treloggan Green, Newquay - We have been working with the Treloggan Residents Association on improvements, and to designate the triangular area known as ‘Bookers Triangle’ as a Village Green. This scheme has now transferred to Newquay Town Council to provide new play provision with S106 funding. 
  • Trenance Park Car Park Play, Newquay - completed in June 2016
  • Victoria Park, Redruth - new improvements with disabled access and play equipment completed Spring 2017.

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. There is also national guidance such a 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.