Play is a crucial part of childhood and is the key to how children learn about the world. It is essential to their health, well-being and development.
Dudley Council is committed to ensuring all children and young people are able to enjoy play in exciting and safe environments and over the past two years, work has been carried out across the borough to provide first class play areas.
From swings and sculptures to games and frames, a totally terrific transformation has been happening in our parks.
Work at 28 different sites has been carried out under the £2.6million Play Pathfinder programme and a wide variety of new play equipment, safety features, seating and improved access have all been installed.
Children and young people can now enjoy new zip wires, climbing frames and walls, basketball hoops, roundabouts, swings and slides.
Specialist equipment such as bucket swings, playground markings, sculptures and wheelchair accessible roundabouts have been put in place.
School children and young people have been helping with the design and planning of the improvements to the parks and a range of disability groups have helped the council ensure the completed sites have been designed to give access to people of all abilities.
A major part of the scheme is the creation of a purpose-built adventure playground at Sycamore Green in Dudley. The new playground includes new indoor and outdoor adventure play facilities and is aimed at children aged from eight to 13, but will offer opportunities for all ages.
Sycamore Adventure is due to open soon and will feature a whole host of exciting activities including a sensory room, storytelling area, water play, a community camp and desert island complete with a boat.
For more information about play in Dudley and the development of Sycamore Adventure visit www.sycamoreadventure.co.uk