Spark Park will be a remarkable new playground for the centre of Southampton, re-defining notions of accessibility and setting a new standard for inclusive play in the region and beyond.
Snug & Outdoor worked closely with special schools and Mencap groups exploring the vocabulary of play for children with a range of abilities. This process expanded our idea of what is possible for all children and led to a challenging scheme that incorporates many exciting play features.
The whole of the ground surface is a play element in its own right, an undulating wooden structure from which everything emerges. Interactive sound and light features include chasing LEDs through the undergrowth, a sound wall, voice modulators and a giant sonic pebble. Specially designed equipment includes a huge communal stone slide and complex climbing and bridge structures. Large areas of sand, water and planting all contribute to make Spark Park an exciting and welcoming environment for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy together.
Extracts from Spark Park Poem written by Chris Meade and children from Cedar Special School, Ridgeway House and Mencap groups will appear throughout Spark Park.