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 >> 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 >>
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
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.
On 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.
To see the video of the opening ceremony on 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.
There are information points around the park for non
verbal visitors and those who like to use Braille.
Parents and carers can download the
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
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.
EVERYONE CAN COME AND JOIN IN THE FUN
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 !
We're getting famous !!! Mentioned on One Switch Blog page !!! Click the picture above to see.
Click 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 and a voice will begin
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