Ruddington’s Refurbished Play Area Opens!

After delays caused by the inclement weather, Rushcliffe Borough Council (RBC) says its major refurbishment and upgrade work in the play area at Ruddington’s country park is complete – with brand new, accessible equipment now open for children to enjoy.

The new-look Rushcliffe Country Park recreational facility boasts a new ‘Kanope Tower’ multi-play unit featuring 14 different play elements and a new wooden trail and offers panoramic views of the park. There’s also a new pendulum pod swing and a fully inclusive wheelchair see-saw.

As shown on the image above, the full scheme has added 28 new play elements and 47 additional user activities, with existing equipment refurbished and improved. Works have been completed by Bradmore based playground equipment supplier Proludic Ltd, who designed the updated features.

Mayor of Rushcliffe, Cllr Andy Brown, said: “Rushcliffe Country Park is the jewel in the crown of Rushcliffe, along with the new café, toilets, skate park and refurbished paths the park is a great place for everyone of all ages to visit. I am especially pleased to see the addition of the new fully inclusive wheelchair friendly seesaw and the new canopy tower as we ensure the play area is a great place that all children can enjoy!”

To mark the reopening of the play area, RBC, Proludic Ltd and local children from Ruddington’s St Peter’s C of E Junior School celebrated with a ribbon cutting at the park, before trying out the new facilities for themselves.

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The School’s Headteacher Michael Bradley said: “We were delighted to be invited to the official re-opening of the play area at Rushcliffe Country Park. As a regular visitor with my two young children, I was keen to see the improvements that had been made and was extremely impressed. Our year 3 pupils had a fantastic time exploring and playing on the new equipment and had a great afternoon.”

Accessed by car along Mere Way, from Loughborough Road, Rushcliffe Country Park attracts thousands of visitors to Ruddington every year to use its open spaces and recreational facilities.

Other recent investments in our park include a totally refurbished visitor centre with a new lakeside café, a new outdoor shelter, electric vehicle charging points, pathway restoration work, refurbished toilets and ‘shade sails’. The nearby skatepark and BMX track were also rebuilt and refurbished in 2021 at a cost of £200,000.

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