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Work starts on Battle of Evesham inspired play area

A new play area, inspired by the Battle of Evesham, is being installed in the town.

Wychavon is investing more than £122,000 in creating a brand new inspirational play space for young people at St Richards Open Space off Fairfield Road in Evesham.

The area will include an accessible tower complete with dungeon, rope stair, sensory shield wall and three lions shield, in recognition of the famous Battle of Evesham that took place in 1265.Cllr Emma Stokes at the site of the new play area in Evesham.

There will also be a story throne, climbing space, a mound slide, various swings, wobbly bridge, moat and a 30-metre zip line. Visitors can also try out the log see-saw or explore the wildflower meadow complete with adventure trail including traversing ropes and stilts.

The design is intended to cater for children of all abilities and includes a wheelchair accessible trampoline and roundabout as well as lots of sensory planting throughout the site.

Natural playground design and build specialists Earth Wrights are carrying out the work, which it is hoped will be completed by early next year. The Friends of St Richards Open Space have been supporting the project by providing feedback for the design brief and helping to raise funds.

Visitors will still be able to use St Richards Open Space while work is taking place, but some parts may be closed off or paths diverted during construction.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Resident and Customer Service on Wychavon District Council, said: “I am delighted to see work start on this fantastic new play area which will further enhance the existing space. I am particularly pleased the design has so many accessible and sensory features, making it a truly inclusive space for children to come and play. It’s yet another example of how we are continuing to invest in our award-winning parks and open spaces, which we know our residents love and value.”

The artwork below shows what the new play park will look like when finished.

An overhead shot of the design of the park

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