New play area at Grand Western Canal Basin opened

Posted on: 12 April 2018

A new £50,000 play area for children aged between three and nine has been unveiled at the Grand Western Canal Basin.

It follows Devon County Council, which manages the canal, consulting local children over the design of the new play area at the Mid Devon Show and through local schools.

The final design is a combination of the children’s views and a theme inspired by the canal’s setting and natural environment. The themed play equipment includes slides, swings and a roundabout.

Its centrepiece is a special ‘boat’ for children to climb and explore which can be customised with different designs.

The new play area was unveiled by Councillor Ray Radford, who is Devon County Council’s chairman, the councillor for Willand and Uffculme, Mid Devon District Councillor for Halberton and the chairman of the Canal’s Joint Advisory Committee.

The park was delivered by Proludic, and paid for following contributions from Devon County Council’s locality budget, Tiverton Town Council, Tesco and The Friends of the Grand Western Canal.

The new area is just a short walk from the Canal Visitor Centre, Tiverton Canal Co’s floating café-bar (The Duck’s Ditty), gift shop and the nearby Canal Tea Rooms and Garden.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said: “We want people of all ages to enjoy the beauty of the area and with this new facility there is now something for everyone. I hope children will enjoy the play area for many years to come.”

Councillor Ray Radford said: “I’m sure this play park will be well used by local

Cllr Ray Radford

children and by families visiting as tourists. Hopefully they will have a great time here and the Canal will come to hold a special place in their hearts, just as it does in mine.”

Councillor Colin Slade. the local member for Tiverton East, said: “It’s great that

Councillor Colin Slade

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.”

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