Powered by solar energy, this was the first set of this type of equipment to be installed in Cambridge.
The opening was attended by local residents and children as well as Council staff and representatives of Kompan, the supplier.
Photos: Wendy Roberts and Stephen Brown.
The new electronic teen zone at Trumpington was built by Kompan (Play) UK Ltd who were successful in responding to the council’s brief to create an electronic teenage zone (8-15 years) that had to be sustainable. Their design was a clear favourite with the local school children who were instrumental in choosing the best solution during the competition held in March this year that was organised by the Children and Young People’s Participation Service (ChYpPS).
The solar powered play area has been designed around three key elements of childrens’ play that is challenging and engaging for both genders: the Icon Space is used for chasing games, the Icon Nova for reacting to speed and the Icon Rocky for developing strength. A key feature of the play is that even if the electronics are switched off each play equipment can be used physically in a traditional way.
Cambridge City Council has long recognised that the future of outdoor play for today’s digital generation is electronic. Each product features multiple games which can be updated via software for limitless team play options.
Cllr Rod Cantrill, Executive Councillor for Arts, Sports and Public Places, said: “The new electronic play zone is an excellent example of how we have worked with the young children in the local area of Trumpington to give them an innovative and inspiring play facility which has been timed to open for the summer holidays. It will also have the added benefit of promoting health and fitness.”
The project was funded by developer contributions and cost £46,000.