The Grand Official Opening of Clewer Recreation Ground, Windsor took place on Thursday 8th April 2010. The Mayor of the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead (‘RBWM’) was present to formally open the Play Area at 11.30am but there were so many eagerly awaiting children & parents queuing to get in, the park had to be opened early.
The selection process began back in the summer of 2009 and HAGS were awarded the Contract to supply and install 4 Play areas, one of which was Clewer Recreation Ground. There followed a series of consultation events which HAGS were involved with in order to establish the needs of our local communities. Top of the list was the request for a Pirate Ship. HAGS then worked very closely with the Royal Borough of Windsor & Maidenhead in order to produce a unique & bespoke design that would elevate Clewer to Destination Park status. The shipwreck theme was developed upon resulting in the creation of a large sand area. Not only does the sand act as a safety surface but also enables the children to interact with the sand hoists, chutes & water play feature. The site has been transformed from a flat grass area into a fully landscaped area with the formation of several mounds which can be used to scramble up, roll down, picnicking and as a viewing point for budding swashbucklers. The inclusion of several Palm Trees strategically placed around the area adds to the shipwreck theme whilst providing some welcoming shade. The site has been designed with inclusivity in mind so that there are several means of passing through the site ensuring access for all. The main focal point of the area has to be the ship which stands at an impressive 4m high and 25m long. Three 8m high masts are located centrally with a hammock nesting in between.
Callum Brown, the RBWM Playbuilder Project Manager says: ‘It has been great to see and hear the impact that the new play areas are having on our communities allowing children, young people and families to experience stimulating and challenging environments for exploring and developing their abilities. We have already received a number of positive letters, emails and verbal comments from the community which is a great indicator that we are achieving high levels of satisfaction we strive to deliver’.