You are here: Home > News > 2011 > July > New play areas to be officially opened in Aylesbury

New play areas to be officially opened in Aylesbury

Archived press release

Date Published: 18/07/11

Simpson Place play area

Simpson Place play area

Three revamped play areas will be officially opened this month as part of Aylesbury Vale District Council’s drive to provide children and young people with better play facilities.

The play spaces at Simpson Place, Meadowcroft and Haydon Hill in Aylesbury have been constructed under the government funded Playbuilder programme.

They will be opened by Councillor Derrick Isham, Chairman of AVDC, at celebration events to which all are invited.

The £60,000 Simpson Place play area, located off Harvey Road in the Mandeville and Elm Farm ward, will be hosting an official opening ceremony on Monday 18 July at 2pm. Youngsters from the William Harding Junior School have been invited to attend the event.

Funding for the new facility was secured by the Playbuilder programme, which committed £40,000 to the project. The Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust also committed £20,000 to the scheme.

The play area includes traditional play equipment set in a landscaped area. Features include a high slide, swings, a small play house and spinning dish.

Tuesday 19 July sees the opening of the £75,000 Meadowcroft play area, which is located off Jackson Road. The event at 2pm will give children from the Haydon Abbey Junior School the chance to play on a new climbing frame, high swings, slides and rope bridges.

An arts installation with a Play on Birds theme has also been installed to encourage natural play. The play area has been jointly funded by the Playbuilder programme (£55,000) and the Vale of Aylesbury Housing Trust (£20,000).

Youngsters from the Haydon Hill estate will attend the next ceremony at 4.30pm on Tuesday 19 July. The Haydon Hill play area has been completely rejuvenated, with many new features including a large rope climbing structure, wooden play house, zip wire and playable art installation.

Funding for the £108,000 project came from the Playbuilder programme (£58,000) and WREN (£50,000).

Councillor David Thompson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We are delighted to be officially opening these new play areas which will benefit local children and young people, and the local communities too. Having somewhere to play and meet friends in their own communities is essential to all children and young people.”

For more information on play areas in Aylesbury, visit or call 01296 585182.

Related links

All AVDC managed play spaces are inspected weekly by trained members of staff employed by our grounds maintenance contractor. In addition our play spaces have an annual Risk Assessment and Play Value Assessment conducted by a fully qualified membe...


Contact information


Leisure services


01296 585301