A design for the area created by local resident and award-winning landscape architect, Jennette Emery-Wallis, also responsible for designing the Diana, Princess of Wales Memorial Playground and Tumbling Bay at the Olympic Park, has attracted overwhelming public support for its inspirational design inspired by the heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells.
Following formal Council agreement, the Calverley Adventure Grounds team aim to raise £225k to cover the capital costs of the project, with the objective of completing in the summer of 2017.
The benefits of building a play area in our town centre park reach far beyond creating a space for children on a derelict site.
- It will redefine Calverley Grounds as a year-round destination for families;
- The area will attract increased footfall with its central location benefitting businesses throughout the town;
- The Play area will be marketable as an attraction, encouraging tourists to visit the town;
- This project sets a precedent for how the community and local businesses can work together to transform our town;
- Children will be heavily involved in fundraising, inspiring a sense of social responsibility;
- The design promotes imaginative play, exploration and considered risk-taking. There is much research showing the physical and psychological benefits of similar schemes;
- The project celebrates the heritage of Royal Tunbridge Wells; interpretation boards will explain the design and how it shows the development of the town in microcosm, broadening its appeal