THE brand new landmark play area at Stockton Council's Wynyard Woodland Park is now open and is proving hugely successful - so much so that the Council is looking to increase on-site parking by providing an additional 50 parking spaces.
The works will start on Monday 16 August and are expected to be complete by the end of the month. Disruption to Park visitors during this time will be kept to a minimum.
The play area is proving to be a popular attraction for families making use of the extensive on-site amenities - café, visitors centre and of course the play area.
The £300,000 playground, boasts imaginative play equipment suitable for all abilities and creates an imaginative addition to the stunning parkland.
Visitors to the park will glimpse the top of the pyramid towers over the tree tops and encourage children to discover what lies ahead. The towers offer different levels of play so there is something to keep less able children busy and join in with their friends.
Sand play will help children develop motor skills and their sense of touch. The existing trees provide sheltered areas providing protection whatever the weather. The tall, upright trunks of the wooden climbing forest equipment create a forest feel enhancing the magical feel of the woodland.
There are alternatives to driving to Wynyard Woodland Park. The National Cycle Route 1 links Hartburn, Fairfield, Bishopsgarth and Hardwick with the park, offering a safe, enjoyable way to getting there by either cycling or walking. Maps can be downloaded from the Stockton Council website.
Catching the bus to Thorpe Thewles is another option if you want to leave the car at home. An hourly Arriva bus service 69 links Stockton High Street with Thorpe Thewles village on Mondays - Saturdays, a short walk from the park - for details log onto http://www.connectteesvalley.com/bus.asp
Councillor Mary Womphrey, Stockton Borough's Cabinet Member for Arts, Leisure and Culture, said: "We are delighted the new play area has proved such a success with families - there is something for children of all ages to enjoy and it really has been a wonderful addition to what is already a hugely popular park.
"These additional car parking spaces will improve the site even further and make it easier for families making their way to the Park."