Today I was proud to open the new play area on Southampton Common. An investment in our play areas and outdoor spaces is an investment in our children’s future. Providing great spaces for kids to get outdoors and for families to get active together is incredibly important and contributes to a child’s healthy development both physically and mentally. I’m sure that many special memories will be made here in the years to come.
Labour is committed to giving all our children the best start in life. Outdoor play that is accessible to all is a key part of this, and we are proud to see investment in the new Common play area, which is just the latest of many popular new play areas (Mayfield Park in Woolston has been another big success) which we have delivered.
Your new Common Play Area
The new Common Play Area has been developed by Southampton City Council in partnership with specialist playground contractors, Playforce. Construction began earlier this year following extensive consultation with residents, schools and community groups on how they would like the space to be used.
The designers took inspiration from the natural landscape of the Southampton area and the patterns of the Rivers Test and Itchen as they meander through the city, creating an environment close to the city centre which enhances children’s connection with nature.
The play area features a 7.5 metre-high play tower featuring rope bridges, tunnels, scramble nets and a long slide. It also features two zip wires, a variety of swings and new active water play installations for kids to enjoy 365 days a year.
I was joined by Saints legend Francis Benali who spoke at the event and said:
"It gives me great pleasure to cut the ribbon at the Grand Opening Ceremony of the new Common Play Area. As a young boy growing up I spent endless hours playing on The Common and have so many special memories. I’m delighted that future generations will have the opportunity to enjoy this area and create their own happy memories.”
I look forward to seeing the park in use!
Councillor for Bevois and Cabinet Member for Environment and Transport