The High Hazels Community Park has turned what was an unused corner of a housing estate into an exciting play area and green space for people of all ages to enjoy.
Instead of an empty, uneven field, there is now:
- An exciting selection of fixed play equipment;
- A range of landscape features designed to provide further play opportunites;
- Native and ornamental blossoming trees, providing shade and drawing birds to the site;
- A bespoke brick path;
- Timber benches;
- A water play pump and composite stream;
- Wetland area planted with native plants to enhance a naturally boggy part of the site.
The play area at High Hazels has been designed and built around the concept of ‘Natural Play’. The High Hazels park sees play items, sourced from natural materials, mixing with grassy mounds, trees and plants. The small wetland area, that a water pump flows into, provides a home for all sorts of different creatures and plant life.
Over the year a series of events were held to engage the local community and gather their ideas. This included a session where young people made casts of their hands which were then included in the park.
Residents of the High Hazels estate were instrumental in how this unused patch of land was turned into an innovative community resource. Groundwork consulted with the community and designed the area, with Crestra then carrying out the implementation works. Places for People secured funding from the BIG Lottery Fund to revitalise this unused green space.