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:-

St Just Recreation Ground, St Just in Penwith

We have prepared a straightforward on-line survey for consulting local residents on ideas for improving the space, particularly the skate park, as well as generally for recreation for all of the community. 

All of the equipment at the park is routinely inspected for safety and repaired where it is viable to do so. Much of the equipment is now too old to be kept going, and it has been necessary recently to remove some items. The skate ramps in particular, which have a timber substructure and metal & composite shell have been highly problematic to maintain and we are unable to retain them much longer or renovate them. Up to £30,000 has been allocated to the project, but it is anticipated that a new skate park will cost at least twice this amount.

Take part in the survey

Survey closes Wed 31st May 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: environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk 

Current 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 have been consulting throughout December and the on-line survey was closed on the 9th January. We hope to present the results here very soon and investigate designs.
  • Millpond Play Area, Hayle - Some equipment removed due to safety issues Nov 2016. We have been consulting throughout December and the on-line survey was closed on the 9th January. We hope to present the results here very soon and investigate designs.
  • Poldrea Green, Tywardreath - We have been consulting residents and users of the space in March 2017. We hope to present the results here very soon and investigate designs.

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
  • Mevagissey, Valley Road - completed 2016
  • Regatta Playing Field, Charlestown
  • Roseland Gardens, Redruth - S106 funding
  • Sandyhill Play Area, St Austell - S106 funding
  • St Just Skate Park, St Just-in-Penwith - see consultations above.
  • 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 - improvements completed 2016. Proposal for new disabled access and play equipment being investigated.

(Capital programme contingency sites)

  • Crooklets Play Area, Bude
  • Summerfield Play Area, Saltash

To learn more or to get involved in any of the above schemes e-mail environmentservice@cornwall.gov.uk

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.