Buckingham has both a new mayor and an exciting new play area for young children.
The newly elected Mayor of Buckingham, Anja Shaefer, cut the ribbon at the official reopening of Bourton Park’s Junior play area today, Wednesday, May 24.
HAGS UK created a custom-designed nature-themed play area that mirrors the park’s wildlife and habitats, featuring unique elements.
A vibrant blue stream system with a large boat springer pays homage to the historical Buckingham Canal route.
Funding for the renovation of Bourton Park’s beloved play area came from Section 106 (S106) contributions, which are funds provided by housing developers for community and social infrastructure in Buckingham.
The newly constructed play area focuses on children aged two to seven, prioritizing improved site access and inclusivity.
The layout provides ample space for individuals with impaired mobility, wheelchair users, and those with strollers, along with increased seating, picnic tables, and grassy areas for blankets.
In addition to traditional seats, a sizable swing set features a Tango Swing Seat, enabling face-to-face swinging for parents or older children with toddlers.
Specially designed low-level multiplay units with a ‘pond tree house’ theme cater to younger children, while multisensory acoustic play equipment includes interactive elements like a rain wheel, bongo tree, and drum panels.
The Wildlife Discovery Hut and Otter’s Driftwood Den offer an area where children can pretend play, or enjoy quiet time away from bustling activities.
Anya Schaefer said: “I am delighted that Buckingham Town Council has been able to access funding to refurbish the Bourton Park junior play area.
“The new design looks very exciting and I hope it will provide a lot of fun and excitement for children in Buckingham and surrounding areas.”