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    How can you help?
    Please contact Miriam
    through the Contacts
    Us page. We are always
    grateful for donations
    to help with the upkeep,
    insurance, and general
    maintenance costs of
    the Playpark.

    We are Exeter & District
    Mencap Society. An independent, local
    Charity number 235930


    ..... we want to make sure
    that everyone can come
    to The Playpark and
    have a great time!!! 
    We are also affiliated
    to Royal Mencap

    Exeter City council logo
    generously help us
    to maintain The
    Playpark so that
    children can enjoy
    the park in such
    a clean condition.

    big lottery logoWELCOME
    to the wonderful
    Playpark in Exeter

    King George V Playing fields, Topsham Road, Exeter,
    EX2 6HE - behind Countess Wear Hotel. Entrance on Topsham Road

    Click here >> BBC Spotlight news report to see The Playpark on Spotlight news 8th Dec 2014
    showing that the Playpark has been selected 6th in a list of the 30 most accessible
    and inclusive playgrounds IN THE WORLD and is the only one on the list from the UK.
    To read all about it click this link >>special eductation degree award

    sound effect toy on swing
    We have also installed a very clever
    gadget this year called Octavia,
    which gives out pleasing sound effects
    as a reward for effort on the swing.
    The higher the child or adult swings,
    the more cheerful noises he or she will
    hear as an encouragement to hard work.

    It has been in place for several years now
    and is proving popular for the many
    swingers who enjoy the Playpark

    Christopher enjoying a ride on the wheelchair accessible swing at the Playpark in Exeter.
    This is a park for everyone. Above you can see one of our two nest swings that is suitable for all ages and all abilities.
    radar_logoOn the right is our magnificent wheelchair accessible swing which takes the largest of wheelchairs easily once you have opened the gate with your RADAR Key. You can visit the website for information about obtaining the key. The RADAR key also opens the disabled toilet at the closeby free car park.

    Just take a look at our wonderful wheelchair accessible roundabout. It will take 2 wheelchairs at a time, so that
    pals like Maddie and her friend can see what's going on, and enjoy each other's laughter.

    Danny Grewcock England Rugby player opening the Playpark in Exeter DevonTo see the video of the opening ceremony on bbc_logo click here  

    What is this playpark all about?
    This is an inclusive playground where the equipment is almost
    all wheelchair accessible. The equipment is designed to encourage
    co-operative play and is large enough to be used by older disabled
    children who may need more space for wheelchairs and sometimes helpers.
    A safe community space due to adequate fencing and gates, it contains
    sensory equipment such as sand, textured surfacing and sensory
    planting, along with tactile signs for less well sighted visitors and
    pictorial signs for people with learning difficulties.

    A visually impaired toddler having fun at the all ability playpark in Exeter
    There are information points around the park for non
    verbal visitors and those who like to use Braille.
    Parents and carers can download thewidgit_logo
    Widgit symbols
    sheet 1 and sheet 2 so that prior
    to a visit they can print off the symbols for use in the park.

    For instance one of the symbols represents"I like",
    another represents "I don't like" and when added to the
    appropriate equipment symbol the non verbal visitor can easily
    let a pal know exactly what he or she really wants to play on.
    Click here to read about how Widget works in The Playpark

    a small child listening to the Make it Rain panel at the Playpark in Exeter, Devon

    The Park offers
    lots of playground rides and equipment that less able and overactive children can totally enjoy.
    A ride on, ride off seesaw, the giant slide has a wide ramp for wheelchair users to gain access to the top,
    so that everyone can have access all around this happy play park.


    3 cheeky faces on the nest swing at the Playpark in Exeter, Devon
    This wonderful nest swing is safe for the most severely disabled children. If they can be helped into
    place, the net provides a snug safe space that allows a child to swing without the need to hold on.
    Many children such as the child in the red jacket have enjoyed swinging by themselves for the first time.
    This piece of equipment is so popular,we have two of them. We could always add another! All donations welcome !
    Free parking closeby and no steps to tackle. Please note NO DOGS ALLOWED
    in for obvious reasons. But of course guide dogs are most welcome indeed !


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    We're getting famous !!! Mentioned on One Switch Blog page !!! Click the picture above to see.

    mural at The Playpark in ExeterClick here to see all about
    our 7 new mural panels
    made by over a hundred
    local schoolchildren of all
    abilities, with the help
    of talented North Devon
    artist Karen Hawkins.

    Visitors with sight problems can now 'listen to' this website
    through the power of modern technology. If you want to hear the contents of this
    website spoken to you, you should switch on your volume control and then click

    one of the eyes webanywhere_logo and a webanywhere_logo voice will begin
    to start
    talking to

    Murals at the Playpark in Exeter - a play park for all children of whatever capabilities.
    These lovely mural boards are now in place at the Playpark. Artist Karen Hawkins facilitated
    children at Countess Wear Community School and Wynstream Primary School to create the 9 panels.
    Entitled ‘Meadows’they show the kinds of creatures that might be found in and around the play park.
    Thank you Karen for your hard work. The bright, colourful panels lift the spirit and make our visitors smile

    National Lottery logo through the Big Lottery Fund bbc pudsey bear logo