Today for our second “Love Parks” story we are in Newhaven, home to our newest children’s playground. We asked a couple of likely young pirates (and their mum) what they thought of the new equipment in the park.
Lesley Boniface from Friends of Riverside Park, kindly told us more about how the park came about.
On a very sunny day in June Milo (4) and Anna (9) visited the new park in Robinson Road, Newhaven.
Anna: This park gets a thumbs up from me. I loved the Pirate Ship because I could hang off the pole like a monkey and drop to the sand. Mums and Dads, you should take buckets and spades and stuff with you so your kids can make sand castles.
Milo: I really like the seesaw board because it was big and it was easy for me to get on and hold on and jump off and make mummy go bang on the ground!
Milo: The baby climbing frame is good for babies but not good for me because I’m not a baby. Der! (which is Milo speak for “This is so completely obvious.”)
Anna: The climbing frame had lots of things to climb on. But you can’t go straight from school because if you climb in a dress people can see your knickers!
Milo: I liked the spinnng around thing but it was hard to get on and off and hard to push. It went round really fast and it was a bit scary. And it got a little bit hot. Maybe this is better for bigger kids.
Anna: The metal dish was excellent because it span around fast and I could stand up on it. Until mum told me to sit down please.
Mummy’s verdict: this is a great little park with all the basics including a slide and swings and a climbing frame with a good variety of difficulty. Much of the apparatus is wooden with a very natural feel. There is lots of lovely soft sand around the pirate ship and nooks and crannies to hide in. On the down side, this park has no shade whatsoever and access to the pirate ship is by stairs whereas a ramp would have made it more accessible to all.
We asked Lesley Boniface from Friends of Riverside Park to respond to the review and give us some more information
So there you have it. Do go along to the new park (take your buckets and spades, maybe a sunshade, and a picnic) and enjoy playing pirates, me hearties!
If you’d like to write a review of your local park, you could win £100 in Wilco vouchers on the “Love Parks” website.