Play areas

Cornwall Council manages nearly 200 children's equipped play areas. These are regularly inspected and where immediate repairs are possible they are put in place quickly. Sometimes it is necessary to fence off areas temporarily until a more permanent solution can be delivered. In some cases a piece of play equipment or other feature reaches the end of its usable life and has to be removed.

Investment in improving or renovating children's play areas will be done in accordance with priorities and standards set in the local Open Space Strategy, where funding is available. Funding for improvements is sometimes available from local housing development through a Section 106 fund. We also work with local community groups, who can help raise funds from other external sources, and help steer the design of improvements and participate in additional volunteer activities.

Current consultations

We are now consulting on the design for:-

Foxes Lane Play Area, Mousehole

Select your favourite from 4 designs for the play area using the link below.

Take part in the survey

Survey closes 14th June 2017

St Columb Minor Playing Field, Newquay

Funding has been secured from local developments to improve the play area and access across the playing field to the school. Let us have your views on the design proposals by e-mailing us at: 

Current Play Programme schemes

We are currently delivering the following schemes:-

  • Chestnut Close Play Area, Torpoint - new toddler swing & railings expected in May 2017.
  • Foxes Lane Play Area, Mousehole - Some equipment removed due to safety issues November 2016. We consulted throughout December and the on-line survey closed on the 9th January. The findings from this and a report by a local community group have formed the basis of designs by play companies. See above for consultation link. We will present the winning design here by end of June, with works planned for early August 2017.
  • Millpond Play Area, Hayle - Some equipment removed due to safety issues Nov 2016. We consulted throughout December and the on-line survey closed on the 9th January. The results are being used to develop designs for improvements anticipated by October 2017.
  • Poldrea Green, Tywardreath - We consulted residents and users of the space in March 2017. The results are being used to develop designs for improvements, which we hope to have available for consultation in July 2017.

Other priority projects:

  • Atlantic Rd Play Area, Newquay - S106 funding
  • Alexandra Play Area, Penzance - 3 new items of equipment completed and opened to the public in December 2016. Following a series of consultations design option A, the most popular, was ordered. There is a summary of the consultations to date for the Alexandra Play Area project.
  • Beacon Playing Field, Camborne - Consultation report. The site is expected to be transferring to Camborne Town Council later in the year, who will take the project forward.
  • Brea Play Area, Camborne - goals and furniture installed, awaiting decision on slide or mound.
  • Esplanade Green, Newquay
  • Former Richard Lander Playing Field, Truro - S106 funding
  • Glasney Playing Field BMX track, Penryn - S106 funding
  • Harmony Close Play Area, Redruth - S106 funding
  • Hayle Recreation Ground, Hayle - completed May 2016
  • Latchbrook, Saltash - consultations on improvements for Gallacher Way & Yellow Tor play areas expected in 2017
  • Mevagissey, Valley Road - completed 2016
  • Regatta Playing Field, Charlestown
  • Roseland Gardens, Redruth - S106 funding
  • Sandyhill Play Area, St Austell - S106 funding
  • St Just Recreation Ground, St Just-in-Penwith - £30,000 has been set aside towards a new skate park. Consultations on the park in general completed in May 2017, which will be used to steer a community-led project to improve the space.
  • Trefusis Playing Field, Redruth - initial repairs completed June 2016. Proposals for replacement swings and pitch improvements being developed.
  • Treloggan Play Area, Newquay - S106 funding
  • Trenance Park Car Park Play, Newquay - completed in June 2016
  • Truro Park, St Austell - S106 funding - S106 funding
  • Valley Road Play Area, Mevagissey - improvements were completed in November 2016
  • Victoria Park, Redruth - new improvements with disabled access and play equipment completed Spring 2017.

(Capital programme contingency sites)

  • Crooklets Play Area, Bude
  • Castle Park, Liskeard

To learn more or to get involved in any of the above schemes e-mail

If you are developing a project to invest in a play area that is not on the above list, it is worth checking that the facility is strategically a priority. The Open Space Strategy for the local area (if a town) will indicate where resources are best focussed. Some very small play areas have very limited use and can often be poorly located. It is evident that in the current economic climate the community is better served by better quality equipped play areas that are accessible to the largest population, whilst ensuring that all residents have access to some form of open space for informal play.

For more information on developing your own project Cornwall Council has produced the Out To Play guide.

A very useful guide to planning play that demonstrates that it’s not all about swings and slides on rubber is Play England's Design for Play.

Funding for play improvements is potentially available from a number of sources as identified in the Open Space Strategy. Where available Section 106 funds are a potential local source, which is dependent on there having been recent housing developments in the immediate area.