Poppleton Playground, England

The most exciting place to play after school!

Every single school day, after the last bell has rung, you see the children of Poppleton, a village close to the city of York, running to the playground. Swings, slides, carousels, towers and a zipwire – the play opportunities are multiple and children from all age groups have incorporated it as part of their daily routine, to come and have fun together for a couple of hours.

With the park the community has a new social centre, where people are brought together across age, abilities and cultures. This is the place where the feeling of a neighbourhood grows, where adults establish new bonds and playmates become friends. The whole community absolutely loves the new facilities, and people from other villages even travel to Poppleton to use the park.

Play for everyone

The park in Poppleton offers play and development in multiple forms for all ages. Besides offering trills, the two single swings next to each other for example train young children’s cognitive understanding of cause and effect when swinging in rhythm. Bigger children will also have fun at the swings, making rule games about swinging in same or different rhythms. Rocking together at the seesaw trains cooperation skills, and the physical contact with others when sitting close together at the beam is great for the well-being of children, since it lowers the level of the stress hormones. 

Playing at the double tower improves physical abilities such as cross-coordination, balance and the vestibular system, just as physical strength, is developed. Looking for more action, the bigger children can go to the cableway. Besides giving them the thrill of a stomach-tickling ride, the cableway supports the children’s self-esteem, making decisions like positive risk-taking, easier.

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive

Creative

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KOMPAN WERE SO DETAILED FROM OUR FIRST MEETING TO THE LAST AND THAT REALLY SHOWED IN THEIR DESIGN AND PRESENTATION – UNDERSTANDING EVERY DETAIL! THE PLAY AREA NOW LOOKS AMAZING AND IS LOVED BY ALL THE COMMUNITY – ITS SO POPULAR! WE ARE DELIGHTED TO HAVE WORKED WITH SUCH A PROFESSIONAL AND QUALITY COMPANY.

Gemma Lawson

Poppleton Play Committee Member