The vision for the Green Lane Play Area, set against the stunning backdrop of Whitby Abbey, was for a welcoming playground that would have minimal impact on the surrounding landscape.
KOMPAN was appointed by Groundwork to provide a play area aimed at all ages using a combination of timber and steel. The site benefits from easy access and level ground but its close proximity to Whitby and the World Heritage Site of Whitby Abbey meant the design needed to be sensitive to its surroundings and views.
Location: Green Lane, Whitby YO22 4EH
Date of Installation: July 2016
Age Group: 2 - 12 years old
Product Range: Organic Robinia Wood
Project Value: £50,000
KOMPAN installed a large playground using many pieces from the Robinia range - rustic products using especially robust and weather-proof timber, designed to complement nature. The new play area, which also includes steel-based products such as swings and a slide, mixes relaxation with high physical activity to offer a diverse playground for all ages. Challenges include climbing, balancing and strength exercises. Meanwhile, an underground tunnel creates excitement and exploration opportunities.
"The opening event on 23rd July was a massive success with around 70 people attending, all very impressed with the new facilities. People have said that they love the new park, that it was really well built, is bigger and better than they thought it would be, and is a great place to play. Everyone has said that they would like to repeat the open day every year at the start of the school holidays as it was such a great community event.
The new park is really busy with around 40 to 50 people using the park every day. People have said that it is much better than kids playing on the street. Parents are also coming to the park with their children and using the picnic tables to sit and chat with their neighbours. Before the park was opened there were only one or two people playing out on the field."
Peter Murphy - Groundwork