On the outskirts of Luton sits the village and civil parish of Markyate, in the northwest of Hertfordshire close to the border with Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Thanks to Dacorum Borough Council, it is now is the proud possessor of a picturesque playground at Peggy’s Field.
The £100,000 scheme came as a result from consultations with Joe Guiton, Team Leader Community Safety & Children’s Services in early 2018. After specifying the various pieces of equipment, attention turned to the levelling of the site, which contained a large incline. Liaising with the installers, initial designs were adapted in order to meet British Standards and the flattening could be carried out.
The new play area replaced all the ageing equipment and features a host of great gear, including the first ever ecorino unit with metal posts – the Elbrus, as well as a Minimondo Salvia, Inclusive Roundabout, Stand-up Seesaw and a variety of Swings. There is also plenty to do for the more active visitors, such as a Skate Half Pipe, Football Goal with a Basketball Net, alongside a Gym with Pull-up Bars, Tai Chi Wheel, Air Walker and Dip Station.
The response to all the different zones has been phenomenal from delighted parents. Here are some quotes:
"We have been waiting 16 years for something like this and it's great that all my children can still make use of it"
"This is the second time today we have come up here"
"You have done a really good job, Thank you"