Flag Ship Play Area

This £300,000 scheme at Yeovil Recreation ground, drew upon the latest developments in play provision and utilised the best practice to build a stimulating, challenging and safe facility. The Play Area is designed to develop youngsters’ confidence through improved physical, social and spatial skills. SSDC secured 50% of the capital cost from the Big Lottery Fund, and funds were made available from Yeovil Vision. The Flagship Playspace inspires imagination while engaging with the exciting world of nature. It enhances the existing landscape and it features an adventure theme to include a treetop walkway with rope bridges, net tunnels and climbings walls; skull and snake themed tunnel slides; shipwreck and an aerial runway/zipline; large sandpit; tyre swing and water play.

Award winning landscape architects Craknell Ltd (previously known as Parklife) were appointed to assist with the consultation process and develop an innovative design for the site. Cracknell were selected for their proven track record of delivering innovative play environments across the country with local authorities. For young families in Yeovil this scheme means:

  • a distinctive and exciting new play environment close to further recreational facilities
  • easily accessible by foot, cycling or public transport
  • a new and attractive visitor destination for the Town
  • an exemplar of best practice

For information about other facilities at Yeovil Recreation Centre please visit SSDC's website.


National Lottery


August 2009.

Flagship Playspace

Flagship playspace




 Robert Parr, Senior Play & Youth Facilities Officer for SSDC said, "The Flagship Playspace is one of the most exciting projects emerging from SSDC's new Play Strategy. It will provide South Somerset and the surrounding area with a destination play venue that we hope children will benefit from and enjoy for generations to come. As a model of good practice we hope other play area providers in South Somerset will visit the site to gain knowledge and inspiration, which can be transferred to their communities and as a result the impact of this project should be felt far and wide." Right

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