Site: Valiant Road, RAF Cosford, WV7 3NN
Client: Amey & Ministry of Defence
Age Range: Toddler, Junior, Families, Inclusive
Date Opened: 22-June-2022
Situated in the centre of the bases residential section, the Valiant Road play area is one of the biggest play parks ever commissioned by the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD) Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) to date.
This expansive new facility is large enough for 185 children to play on at the same time and features 50 pieces of play equipment, 12 of which are inclusive play equipment pieces. These include traditional favourites such as swings, slides, a seesaw and a cableway. The playground equipment also includes Proludics’ innovative Roll Runner (J3510) and a striking central 5-meter-high pyramid (J4807) climbing net.
“It is an absolute privilege to open the new play park at RAF Cosford. After fifteen years of having the old park the new play equipment now provides access for over 180 young children to use at the same time…. It is a great facility that the kids are going to enjoy playing with.”
RAF Cosford’s Station Commander, Group Captain Gareth Bryant
The £185,000 investment in the play area now replaces a much smaller park and has been specifically designed to meet the needs of parents and all children alike, with zones specifically for toddlers and another for older children.
More specifically, it features a sensory play area, a picnic place and a story-telling retreat with colourful mushroom seats and timber play mountains resembling the 4 tallest peaks in the British Isles. The themed playground is completed with vibrant wetpour graphics depicting a sky theme with balloons, jets, clouds, a rainbow and mountain ranges.
The works undertaken across the UK’s Defence estate over the last 18 months have already made a real difference to the lives of Service personnel and their families. Along with the thousands of homes that have been refurbished, around 60 play parks have received a full upgrade and we’re delighted that this playpark has given local children a safe, outdoor place in which to play.
Tom Silvey, Amey’s Operations Director, RAMS
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