FIRST LOOK: Designs for West Hill's first play park revealed

PUBLISHED: 11:45 21 May 2010 | UPDATED: 13:59 18 June 2010

CENTRE-PIECE: Proposed tree house cabin

CENTRE-PIECE: Proposed tree house cabin

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EARLY designs of a £26,000 West Hill play park, the first of its kind in the village, have been revealed.

EARLY DESIGNS: Play park layout

EARLY designs of a £26,000 West Hill play park, the first of its kind in the village, have been revealed.

Families have been asked what they think of outlines for the project after driving forces behind it enlisted the expertise of the man responsible for much of Escot's play equipment.

A Facebook group has been set up to generate discussion and showcase park sketches by designer Alastair Guy.

It is hoped the park, set for land behind the village hall, will be open by April next year.

The Herald this week had a first look at drawings which include a centre-piece tree house cabin (pictured), incorporating a climbing net, ramp slide and fireman's pole.

Other equipment proposed includes a bird's nest swing and a low hammock.

Councillor Claire Wright, who leads the West Hill Play Park Working Group, said: "The design is original and the idea is the equipment challenges and inspires children to play creatively and imaginatively.

"We want everyone to look at the West Hill Village Play Park Facebook group as it will be the main vehicle for commenting. Those without computers can return questionnaires, they will receive via the community magazine, to the post office."

She said wildflowers and herbs will be planted around the edges of the park, among long grass, to attract wildlife. Sufficient seating for parents has been promised.

Cllr Wright added: "The budget is quite small but there is a possibility of more funding. We aim to provide for little ones as well as older children, aged up to around 13. That is what local people told us they wanted."

Youngsters have been asked which equipment they want, like, dislike, and why. The working group wants to hear from villagers by June 11.

"We will digest the feedback and Alastair will come up with one final design which we will share with people before building starts," said councillor Roger Giles.

The Devon County Council run park secured £25,000 from the Playbuilder scheme, which aims to provide youngsters with sustainable and challenging play equipment.

Westcountry Milk has pledged £1,000 to the bid.

Local architect David Shanly, will prepare a planning application for the park.

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