Work to start on new £500k play area at Great Malvern's Priory Park - The Malvern Observer

Work to start on new £500k play area at Great Malvern's Priory Park

WORK gets under way on Monday, November 15, on an exciting half-a-million pound revamp of Great Malvern’s Priory Park.

Building work to create a new state-of-the-art and eco-friendly play area will be carried out by specialists Flights of Fantasy and continue until March next year.

Malvern Hills District Council has worked with the play equipment company and Avery Landscapes Limited – the main contractor for the project.

The play area will use sustainable timber, planting and materials to give a natural and rustic feel, while also allowing for a range of play.

Children will be able to climb on natural boulders, crawl through hobbit holes, hide in a hollow tree trunk, walk across a rope bridge, swing on a basket swing and even meet a giant dragonfly.

Care has also been taken to ensure no damage will occur to the existing tree roots.

Pathways surrounding the play area will be closed off and signs will be in place to redirect people.

The play area replacement is part of the wider improvement plan for Priory Park which includes refurbishment to the shelters, desilting the upper pond and more.

Coun Peter Whatley, Malvern Hills District Council’s Portfolio Holder for Resources, said: “I’m delighted to announce the long-awaited revamp of the play area is starting.

“The design from our expert advisors Flights of Fantasy is striking and will form a sanctuary for children to explore and interact in a natural environment. It will also materially contribute to the beauty of our wonderful park. We can’t wait for everyone to enjoy it”.

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