Play Area Improvements at Ermington

The Parish Council is working with South Hams District Council to improve the existing play area at the Recreation Field in 2020/21. Some of the existing play equipment is dated and nearing the end of its useful life. However, we do have some great pieces of equipment which have plenty of life and play value left in them and we will of course retain as much as possible (definitely the space/pyramid climbing net!). We are planning to install new equipment both within the fenced play area, and possibly between the play area and skatepark to fill some of the gaps in provision, and to make the space a more exciting one for local children.

At the same time, we will also look to install new picnic benches, seating, assess the existing play area fencing and gates, and install new safety surfacing below new equipment as required.

The District Council as owners of the site are keen to ensure the new equipment is exciting and has play value for children, whilst being mindful of the need to ensure it is safe and easy to maintain.

The aim of this survey is to find out what sort of activities you and your children/ grandchildren wish to experience in this play area to guide the specification that we put out to play design companies.

Please bear in mind when responding that first and foremost we are trying to find out what children want, not necessarily what parents want – the two might not be the same!

Please complete one questionnaire per adult/young person. Adults can of course help children as required, and can also complete a survey for themselves.

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* 1. What do you like about the existing play area?

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* 2. What don't you like about the play area?

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* 3. Is there anything you would like to keep at the play area, if it is safe to do so?

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* 4. Please choose three of your/your child's favourite activities.

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* 5. What would make the play area better?

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* 6. Is there anything specific you would like to see in the new play area?

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* 7. What sort of play equipment do you like best?

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* 8. What age group do you think the play area needs to cater for?

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* 9. Do you think all the new play equipment should be inside the fenced play area, or do you think some equipment for older children should be outside the fenced area (between the fenced area and the skatepark?)

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* 10. Do you have any other comments or suggestions for the new play area?

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