The aim is to provide a free local play space for families with children of all ages, so that they can shop, sit, relax and play.
The proposed scheme features a destination play village at the heart of the city centre at a staggering 1,120 sqm in size – the equivalent to nearly five tournament tennis courts, making it one of the largest city centre play spaces in the country!
It is hoped that the proposed play village will give people a local and convenient option for entertaining their children for free and will therefore encourage more families into the city centre and onto Armada Way, while supporting local businesses at the same time.
It will be space for children of all ages, with a separate, secure toddler play area. Young explorers can climb, swing, balance, run through water jets and build imaginary worlds in the natural habitats of the ‘play village’. There will also be plenty of seating throughout.
A sensory play zone will be located within a quiet area for those children that appreciate it and accessibility will be a key element of the design for those with disabilities. The public toilets nearby will be enhanced, and we will seek to install new baby change rooms and disabled facilities. Some of the historic chess boards from the original Braille Garden will also be repurposed and positioned with new seating across from the play space, to give a grown-up recreational area.
We are surveying people and asking for their feedback regarding the play village and, in addition, we’re holding workshops with children and adults to understand how they might use the space and what else should be taken into account with its design.
The play village will benefit local families, visitors and businesses along Armada Way.