Toddlers Cove is a new regeneration venture in Kent, courtesy of eibe Play and Canterbury City Council. Having been awarded the Lottery-funded scheme in February 2014, work began in earnest in June, so it would be open in time for the school summer holidays. Toddlers Cove is one of four distinct parks – Westgate Gardens, Tannery Field and Bingley Island being the other three – and when work is completed, they will all be linked together to form a larger, and multi-faceted, park for the city.
There will also be improvements to the public toilets, enhancements to the planting areas, borders and paths, a picnic area and new café, as well as an education and volunteering programme.
“I am delighted that we will receive this money from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund to improve the Westgate Parks,” says Cllr Rosemary Doyle, Executive member for the environment, “This area of Canterbury is a much-valued and well-used part of the city, and thanks to the work of our officers and the Friends of the Westgate Parks, will become even better.”
The original tender process involved eight pitching companies. This was ultimately whittled down to two finalists and we were thrilled to finally be selected as the preferred supplier, especially as the decision relied on consultation with local schools.
The £180,000 scheme centres on the Roman Invasion of Canterbury and includes a theatre, camp site, roman shipwreck and a host of great play products.
The site officially opened at the end of June and local children came in flocks to try out all the new equipment.