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Play Areas


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play-circle3-1.pngDid you know that there are over 40 play areas in Three Rivers? Each of them providing a wide choice of play equipment and outdoor fun. Why not pack a picnic and head down to one of our play areas for some fresh air and adventure? 

Where can we play?

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play-circle1.pngYou can discover the play trails, swing on the jungle swing like a modern-day Tarzan, roll down the grassy mounds, zoom down the tube slides or just enjoy being pushed on the swings, balancing on the logs and jumping on the trampoline

play-circle2.pngOur play areas boast both exciting and inclusive play equipment making sure that there is something for everyone to enjoy, with many items ideal for those who require assisted play.

You can also download a list of Play Areas in Three Rivers

How is the play equipment chosen?

Whenever we create or refurbish one of our play areas, we make sure that the design allows all children to play together. We conduct a consultation with the local community who would be using the play area, local schools, play groups and hold a public consultation, so that everyone can express their views on how the play area should look. At consultation we always seek opinions and views of a wide variety of play area users, including children with an additional support needs and their parents or carers.

By assessing each play area design for the play value of the equipment in a range of movements such as swinging, rocking, balancing, crawling and agility, we try to ensure that our play areas give all children the opportunity to have a fun play experience. We also assess the level of inclusive play, play cooperation and natural play features. We recognise the benefits of having a free or slack space for children to be able to play freely and will always try to incorporate play mounds where we can to encourage rolling down a grassed area.

What do we mean by inclusive or assisted play?

Inclusive play is about providing play opportunities for children regardless of their needs and abilities. Our play areas are designed to foster an environment that enables children of all abilities, backgrounds or other differences to enjoy play experiences.

The play equipment we provide encourages play for all with the minimum amount of assistance. This also means that parents or carers with children who have an additional support need, mobility issue or are babes in arms, may like to use the play equipment with their children. For example, parents may choose to lie down with their child in the basket swing, flat roundabouts, on the wide slides or roll down the mounds together offering assisted play support.

For those who require it, we also operate a loan scheme for the harnesses that can be used on the bucket swings we have in some of our play areas. Please click here for more details  Harness Loan Scheme (pdf)

Smoke Free Playgrounds

The initiative aims to support parents and carers to be positive role models to their children and is a polite request for adults to voluntarily refrain from smoking in and around playgrounds, in an effort to protect the children who play there.

Special signs have been erected at all the play areas asking adults not to smoke. The voluntary ban in children's park play areas is part of a wider programme to discourage young people from smoking in later life, protect them from second-hand smoke and support those who want to give up.

You can help us by 

  • Supporting the voluntary ban
  • Using litter bins provided

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I-Explore Map

The map below illustrates the wide range of leisure services and attractions that Three Rivers has to offer its residents and visitors.  A detailed index can be found underneath the map, so if you see an attraction that you would like to visit, you will find full address details here. i-explore Three Rivers map (pdf)


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