An amazing new play area with treetop towers, friendly sharks and octopus and water splash play is nearing completion at East Park, after local residents helped shape the plans.

A toddler zone with cradle swings and a trampoline, a junior zone with climbing walls and multi play unit and a teenage area with pendulum swing and giant slides will form part of the transformation at the Hickman Avenue park, which will open next month.

Other attractions include roundabouts, seesaws, wetpour tunnels, firefighters pole, rockers, springers and bucket and rope swings.

The play area has been designed to be as inclusive as possible with ramped access for wheelchair users, hand grips and tactile play panels. Swings and spinning areas have been designed to allow children of all abilities and confidence levels to play alongside their friends.

As part of the installation works, sand is currently being placed on site. This provides cushioning for the play area and a softer surface for children and young people. It also helps prevent wear and tear and will sink into the surfacing as the play area is used.

Work has been carried out by City of Wolverhampton Council in partnership with contractors Wicksteed. Designs were based on views from residents who took part in the East Park consultation.

Overall, the council received a total of 259 responses: 44 responses from a household survey, 149 online and 66 from a face to face survey which took place in the park. In addition to this, 15 responses were received for the young persons’ survey.

The consultation was carried out to gather feedback from residents on how £630,000 in available funding could be used to enhance the facilities in the park for young people, families, and residents. 

Councillor Craig Collingswood, City of Wolverhampton Council’s cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “It’s incredible to see how people’s ideas have become a reality. What an amazing place this will be for all our children and young people to come and have fun.

“From gigantic slides, sea creatures, swings and roundabouts to a brand new water splash pad, there will be something for everyone to enjoy and I hope to see many of our young people and their families having a great time in the park.

“The city’s parks and green spaces are very important to us as they bring so many benefits to our residents. I am delighted that we have made such an investment here in East Park.

“And thanks to all the residents who took the time to take part in the consultation, the local councillors and our stakeholders and partners. You have played your part in helping to create an inspirational and inclusive space where all children and young people can enjoy the benefits of physical and mental wellbeing.”

The play area is due to open next month and a celebration event will be held at the park on Tuesday 22 August for the local community.

The event will run from 1pm to 4pm and attractions include a free bouncy castle and face painting, entertainment and refreshments will be available to purchase.