Fishponds school's new playground is a big hit
CHILDREN at Chester Park Infant School are celebrating being able to use an “amazing” new play area, after two years of planning and fundraising.
The “play and outdoor learning zone” at the school on Lodge Causeway includes a sensory area, an adventure play castle, a trim trail, and a story telling hobbit hole (below).
Known as The Park, the play area has been designed to give pupils physical exercise, creative play opportunities and help develop their language skills.
It has been built on an area which had housed temporary classrooms for almost 20 years, underneath which was an old air raid shelter, which had been declared unsafe and needed to be filled in.
In remembrance of wartime sacrifices, a poppy made of pebbles painted by pupils has been installed in the playground.
It took around two years to plan and secure funding for the new play area, with the Friends of Chester Park making a “significant” contribution.
It was installed in three weeks leading up to the half-term holidays by specialist firm Pentagon Play.
An opening ceremony was held to celebrate the completion of the project, with parents invited to join their children, above, as they tried out the new equipment.
The upgrade follows work by the city council to expand the school, to accommodate three forms in each year.
Chester Park Federation head teacher Mike McNama said: “Seeing the children playing on this amazing equipment is fantastic!
“The school are delighted to be able to have such a wonderful facility for the community of learners at Chester Park Infant School.
“Special thanks needs to go to The Friends of Chester Park, who have made a significant contribution to the play equipment – it is great that parents and carers can see that their fundraising has had such a positive impact on the children.”
Above and main picture: Chester Park federation head teacher Mike McNama with pupils on the infant school's new play equipment