27-Jun-2022

Four new nature-themed play areas are now open to the public at Hinchingbrooke Country Park.

Play areas

Installation of the new play areas is the first step in enhancing the facilities at the much-loved country park and we are pleased to announce that the play areas are now open to users.

Each play area has a distinct theme to offer something different and represent the park’s variety of habitats:

  • Wetland - featuring a huge duck play sculpture

  • Woodland - low-level, wooden equipment for younger children

  • Sensory - a multi-sensory zone

  • Grassland - a large Hinchingbrooke hideaway wooden structure to encourage physical activity across all ages.

Executive Councillor for Leisure, Waste and Street Scene, Cllr Simone Taylor, said: "The installation of these fantastic new play areas in Hinchingbrooke Country Park will increase the opportunities for active, physical play as part of a healthy lifestyle for local children. Inclusivity and accessibility were at the forefront of the design brief, and we will have fully-inclusive play spaces later in the summer once the planned specialised accessibility equipment is installed."

Specialist accessibility equipment will be installed later in the summer due to delays related to supply chains and the availability of materials, followed by new seating and new pathways. The next phases of the wider project will see £3 million invested in enhancing facilities within the park, with details of the proposed enhancements to parking, the visitor centre, cafe facilities, pathways and cycle routes to be shared via public exhibition later in the summer. The play areas have been funded by Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL).

Keep up to date with the future improvements of Hinchingbrooke Country Park by following our social media channels, or by visiting our webpage.