Saumarez Park Playground Project
Exciting new plans have been drawn up to replace the existing playground at Saumarez Park.
Subject to attracting sufficient funds and gaining planning approval it is hoped to build the new playground in 2012. The target to be raised is £500,000 for a reasonable standard of playground of this size but if additional support to bring the sum to £750,000 was possible, then the range of the equipment could be increased.
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The playground has never been funded by the States of Guernsey, other than maintenance, and it is hoped that the people and businesses of Guernsey will once again show their generosity. The last playground was privately funded in 1993 through the generosity of a local Trust, which provided a sum in the order of £300,000.
Previously to this, the playground was funded through the efforts of the Lions Club and the support of local companies.
In principle planning approval has been received for the playground area, which will be enlarged to enclose a portion of the park so that children will have more opportunity to play and relax amongst the trees and shrubs. The enlarged area will also allow for more play equipment to be installed. The design for the new playground comprises three distinct zones, with themed play equipment for toddlers, juniors and teenagers.
Deputy Jenny Tasker, Deputy Minister for the Environment said: "The plans for the new playground are very exciting and the equipment could offer a much wider range of play experience and interest for children of all abilities. We are under no illusions that it will be a challenge to achieve this level of support in the current financial climate. However, the business community has put its weight behind providing for this much-loved playground in the past and we sincerely hope that they will want to support the Island's children now."
Following consultation with children and their families and a competitive tender process the play equipment manufacturer Kompan was selected to provide the design.