Doncaster park’s adventure area plan

Sandall Park
Sandall Park

Children with disabilities and learning difficulties will soon be able to enjoy a new adventure area in a Doncaster park thanks to a windfall from landfill tax.

New equipment due to be installed at Sandall Park in Wheatley Hills will cater for children of all abilities aged two and upwards.

It will enhance the park’s popular adventure trail with climbing apparatus, balancing beams and a mini-slide, as well as wooden seating. Shrubs will also be planted in the area to provide food and shelter for wildlife and form a natural barrier to a nearby muddy area.

The play trail is designed to improve children’s balance, fitness and strength, while encouraging socialising and exercise through natural play.

Work is expected to be complete by Thursday, April 17, for the annual Hook-a-Duck Championships.

Funding for the project, which is being spearheaded by the Friends of Sandall Park, is coming from The Veolia Environmental Trust, who have awarded a grant of £14,173 through the Landfill Communities Fund.

The need for younger children’s play equipment was identified through several surveys conducted by the Friends group.

The Friends also observed through visiting the site and speaking to the park’s users that the existing adventure trail, which was also funded by The Veolia Environmental Trust, is over-populated seven days a week and needs to be expanded.

Chair of the Friends of Sandall Park, Sandra Crabtree, said: “We are delighted that work is starting soon. The additional play equipment will provide a play area like no other in Doncaster. It will be a valued, centrally-located, accessible facility where able-bodied and disabled children can play together.”

Paul Taylor, executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, added: “We support a variety of community and environmental projects across the UK and it is always great to hear that one is starting.

“These improvements will enhance the adventure trail, making it a safe place where children and families of all ages and abilities can enjoy active, outdoor play.”