Weald Country Park

Client
Essex County Council

Location
Weald Country Park

Date
2015

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Stick Man Play Trail at Weald Country Park

Weald Country Park is one of the most popular parks in Essex and attracts over 100,000 visitors per year. In 2015 a £200,000 investment was made with an aim to increase visitor numbers and revenue opportunities. The Stick Man Play Trail has successfully become an asset to the park as an attraction for visitors time and time again.
The finished product

A similar project
to this would
cost £200,000

Inspired by the childrens story, Stick Man by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler, Infinite Playgrounds designed and installed an adventure trail around the country park comprising six new areas:

  • ‘Weald Weave’, a large, challenging climbing structure with a central tower, balance beams, ropewalks & a slide.

  • ‘Rustle and Roost’, an oversized nest located next to the lake with carved bull-rushes and boulders.

  • ‘Bluebell Tree House and Bluebells’, a bespoke tree house with carved oversized bluebells.

  • ‘Faraway Bay’, a pebble play area, infant swings and a large basket swing for younger children.

  • ‘Hills and Hollows’, an area with play hills and tunnels built into the landscape.

  • ‘Home Stick Home’, featuring bespoke elements such as an oak and larch bed with interactive musical chimes and a fireplace.

Infinite Play took to the brief like ducks to water!

 

From committing time and resources early on, at risk and prior to any award of contracts, to being able to articulate their interpretation of our vision through a 3D model and artists impressions, whilst assuring us that their proposals were feasible, practical and safe.

 

On site, the infinite team were a pleasure to work with and were able to establish an immediate relationship with site staff. Throughout the project, they demonstrated respect for the site and our visitors.

 

All of the works were completed on time and within budget.

 

Our expectations relating to the impacts of the trail on increasing the number of visitors and income to the country park are proving to be accurate.

– Tim Dixon, Head of Country Parks, Essex County Council
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