Harlow Town Park has scooped another award after its inclusive playground achieved gold standard status for its accessibility.
Harlow Council is celebrating after the Pets’ Corner inclusive playground was awarded a gold standard by PiPA (plan inclusive play areas). PiPA provides an independent assessment of how accessible and inclusive play areas are. The playground earned the gold standard by scoring 97.6% out of 100% in four different categories.
The award follows the park’s Pets’ Corner being inducted in TripAdvisor’s Hall of Fame and the Town Park achieving green flag status this week for the fourth year running.
The inclusive playground, which opened in April, provides facilities for families of all ages and abilities including children and adults with different needs and disabilities. The playground was funded by Harlow Council and Essex County Council’s short-breaks fund.
Thirty different pieces of equipment including swings, slides, a roundabout (with wheelchair access), trampoline, sensory path and plants, a music zone, suspension bridge (with wheelchair access), a treehouse, picnic area and a quiet area are provided in the playground. The area has proved to be a very popular new attraction with local families.
Councillor Eugenie Harvey, Portfolio Holder for Community Wellbeing, said:
“It’s three awards in a row now for our fantastic town park, which provides so many free opportunities for local families all year round. It is a wonderful place to play, rest or relax and fully deserves all the accolades. The Town Park is often described as the jewel in Harlow’s crown. I am very proud of the council staff, HTS and volunteers who work so hard to maintain and improve the park on a daily basis. From attractive scenic landscapes, river walks and views, plus the paddling pool, Pets' Corner, outdoor gym, Spurriers Cafe and three different playgrounds there is something for everyone in our town park.”