With an eibe ship as its centrepiece, Southampton’s new Titanic themed play area at Houndwell Park finally welcomed visitors at its recent open day.
At a cost of £340,000 and taking three months to build, the park was made possible thanks to money given to the city council from developer contributions and an Aiming High Disabled Children grant. As well as the ship, the park also features a bespoke castle to represent the city’s famous Bargate, a fossil sandpit, secret tunnels and a robinia play course.
To celebrate the official launch, there was a story teller present, a balloonist, free cereal and drinks for the kids, ice creams on offer and free eibe hats to help with sun protection. Cutting the ribbon to open the play area, Councillor Susan Blatchford, Sheriff of Southampton, said that the innovative playspace was radically different from those from her younger days,
“We never had play equipment like this when I was a child. We just had a swing, a roundabout, a slide and a see-saw. It is fantastic; I really want to have a play on everything!”
Councillor Jacqui Rayment, Southampton City Council’s Cabinet member for environment and transport, added:
“I anticipate that a lot of children are going to be very excited about this fabulous new playground – it adds something really special to Houndwell Park and I’m sure it will keep them entertained for years to come.”