Client: Devon County Council

Market Sector: Local Authority

Address: The Mooring, Canal Hill, EX16 4HX

Budget: £50,000

Age Range: All Ages and Abilities

Opened: June 2015

The Grand Western Canal Country Park and Local Nature Reserve is a long linear park based around the in-water section of the Grand Western Canal in Devon.

Grand Western Canal Country Park contains a wealth of wildlife and historic structures and a Canal Visitor Centre. The Canal is probably best known for the horse-drawn barge, called Tivertonian. Passengers have been enjoying peaceful and leisurely cruises on board this barge for over 40 years. It is estimated that the canal attracts around 295,000 visits per year. Despite this large number of visitors, there has been relatively little to engage or excite children visiting the Canal Basin, with the notable exception of the horses.

After consultation with stakeholders, visitors and residents there was one consistent theme that came from the discussions. The play area needed to relate to the canal and accommodate children aged 3-8 years old. Proludic was chosen to create the outdoor play area and designed a replica play barge. This playground provides an extension of the local heritage and offers role-play opportunities for children visiting the Canal.

It’s great that the area is ready for the summer season and I’m sure it will be well used and become extremely popular. It shows what can be achieved when partners work together.

Councillor Colin Slade, Devon County Council

We want peop[le of all ages to enjoy the beauty of the area and with this new facility there is now something for everyone. I hope the chilkdren will enjoy the play area for many years to come.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council

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