Provide a new 'Show-stopper' piece of play equipment to meet the play, social & developmental needs of Lache children as part of a wider emerging design. The crowdfunding will pay for this larger piece which might not be fundable without this support. It will aim to enable children to climb, challenge themselves on a trapeze and the funnel net, use the fireman's pole or iconic tube slide. It is designed to encourage exploration. The labyrinth and telescope aim to promote users to interact with each other, as well as be more creative with their play. If funded, the piece would form the centre piece of a wider emerging design for a new play area within Sycamore Fields in Lache - alongside investment in new inclusive equipment to support accessible play for all.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Provide new challenging and fun, play environment children and families can use. It is robust and designed for safe play - but designed to meet the play, social, developmental needs - to build confidence and resilience - allowing for both physical and creative play. The piece will form part of a new emerging design for a well-equipped and managed play area accessible to help children to get the best start in life which will promote well-being, physical and social interaction. The outdoor play area will provide a safe space for children to develop in active and creative ways in the heart of Lache neighbourhood, which promotes healthy weight, prevent diseases associated with sedentary lifestyles; teaches learning, movement, balance, coordination and reaction skills
Steps to get it done:
Lache is one of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Chester - and some parts of the ward are in the lowest IMD super output area (LSOA) in England (It falls in the bottom 2% in England for overall deprivation, income, employment and skills deprivation). 39% of households have an income below £20,000 - and overall, a large part of the ward falls within the bottom 10% of deprivation effecting children in England. In addition, rates of excess weight in children in Lache ward (38.2%) by year 6, are higher than Borough averages (32%) and England (34%). Investing in Lache will help children get a better start, become more active and access opportunities for play (creative and physical) at a local level which they might not otherwise have access. The project will support community cohesion and pride in their neighbourhood. If this exact piece were to become unavailable due to unavailability from supplier, a close alternative would be purchased.
About the space
Cheshire West and Chester Council