Playbuilder was a grant of approx £1.1 million that was allocated by the Government to Leicestershire County Council in 2009 - 2011 to develop or substantially refurbish play spaces aimed at the 8-13yrs age group.
The aim of Playbuilder was to change the way that children and young peoples play spaces were commissioned designed and built, with a move away from pre standardised equipment, surrounded by safety surfacing and fencing. A condition of the grant was that children were consulted about how they wanted to play and what equipment they would like to be included in the new play spaces. This approach would empower children to become involved in a project where their views and ideas would be listened to and acted upon.
The sites have to embrace more ‘natural play’ - introducing elements such as water and sand, opportunities to make dens and making use of the natural landscape. The concept of children being able to ‘take risks’ in their play is an important part of the criteria and this was encouraged in consultation with children to get them to embrace new ideas and move away from what they had been used to in more traditional playgrounds.
Community involvement in taking the lead on the funding, where bids were successful, was important and most projects were undertaken by Parish or District Councils.
Where are the sites?
Twenty five sites in total will have been completed by the end of March 2011.
These sites are across the county and are as follows:
2009 -2010 sites
Asfordby - Glen Close
Melton County Park - Climbing Forest [off Doctors Lane]
Melton - Stathern Wild Flower Area – Dove Cottage
Blaby - Whistle Way, Speedwell Close
Charnwood - Watermead County Park
Ellistown - South Street Recreation Ground
Coalville - Urban Forest Park
Market Harborough - Symingtons Recreation Ground
Hinckley - Queens Park
Hinckley - Thornton Recreation Ground
Oadby - Iliffe Park
2010 - 2011 sites - [ all sites to be completed by end march 2011]
Hinckley and Bosworth - Bagworth Community Centre
Melton - Gaddesby Playground
Charnwood - Rothley, Fowke Street Playfield
Charnwood - Loughborough Southfields Park
Blaby - Leicester Forest East Recreation Ground
Measham - Bosworth Recration Ground
Long Clawson - Site of village hall
Oakthorpe/ Donisthorpe - Playing Field
South Wigston - William Gunning Park
Desford - Kirby Road Playing Fields
Walcote - Chapel Play Area
Fleckney - Recreation Ground
Earl Shilton - Maple Way Play Area
Page Last Updated: 5 March 2010