The official celebration event for the opening of the new play area on Troopers Hill Field will be on Saturday 22nd October, procession starts from Troopers Hill Chimney at 11.30am led by Avon Glen Pipes and Drums.
The play area was constructed over a four week period during September & October 2016, see progress photos. This followed a long process of consultation and fundraising by Friends of Troopers Hill and a small group of parents with the support of Bristol Parks. The final design is shown above.
The play area was designed and installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds with the work being managed by Bristol Parks.
The popular red slide and the log climbing spiral remain on the Field, though the log structure (installed in 2009) is nearing the end of its life and will have to be removed soon. The 5-aside goalposts will also stay (the old ones that rusted through have been replaced).
Some minor changes to the design were agreed as work has progressed, so that the final layout is not exactly as the drawing. The two 'springers' shown in the fenced area have been replaced by a larger single one for up to 4 children that can be used in a similar way to a see-saw.
Once all the equipment was in place and completed, a series of inspections had to take place, by the Council and by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA)before we could allow people to use it. This was to check that all the equipment was properly installed and safe to use; these inspections were carried out on the 5th & 6th of October and we were pleased that everything was approved.