Wisbech Adventure playground was officially opened in May 2011.
Originally, the Spinney (as the playground is often called) was just an empty space. Cambridgeshire County Council and Sutcliffe Play (link) got together with funding of £1 million and designed and built the playground as we know it today.
The playground includes two specially built play barges which offer indoor play provisions.
Outside, there is a sand and water play area, self-build climbing frame, two big slides, a zip wire, a roundabout for wheel chair users, a trampoline and more.
Meet the Playworkers!
The role of the Playworkers is to facilitate play and provide a safe space for children to create their own play opportunities.
Lead Playworker. Designated Safeguarding Lead
“I have been working with children, young people and families for 10 years in diverse job roles, and worked at the Spinney when it first opened for a few years. I recently came back in November 2017. I enjoy building positive relationships with children, young people and families. I also enjoy being creative and working with a great team.”
Deputy Lead Playworker, Designated Safeguarding Lead
“I’ve been working with young people for 17 years. I have been here since the playground opened and I enjoy being creative and interactive with children and young people.”
“I enjoy observing young people develop and grow in their behaviour and attitudes towards life from day to day. I have been able to expand on what I have already learned in my many years of working with young people of all ages. I have also been able to put my DIY skills to good use by making new things for and with young people as well as helping to maintain the playground.”
“I have been working with young people for 9 years. I feel I can be myself and make sure children and young people have a fun and safe space to play.”
“I have been working with young people at the Spinney for over 4 years. I enjoy being creative and coming up with new ideas for the playground. I enjoy coming to work each time because no two days are the same.”
The Playworkers work in line with the 8 Playwork Principles which can be found here http://www.playengland.org.uk/playwork-2/playwork-principles/