VIDEO: Pirate ship centrepiece of new play park

Well shiver me timbers... a pirate ship is set to add to the swashbuckling fun at a new Skegness play park.

The pirate ship will be raising the Jolly Roger at the £100,000 play park to be installed in Tower Gardens in time for the 2016 holiday season.

The new pirate theme play area planned for Tower Gardens in Skegness

The new pirate theme play area planned for Tower Gardens in Skegness

Work begins next month to install the new play park, which will replace the existing play park that has come to the end of its life.

Throughout September the community in Skegness were invited to have their say on what they wanted from a new play park – with most respondents saying they most enjoyed sliding, swinging and climbing.

Respondents were split in their view over whether they wanted a traditional play park or a themed imaginative play park with the themes of castles and ships being most popular.

East Lindsey District Council invited specialist play equipment companies to develop their proposals for the play park, with the consultation feedback in mind.

As well as a vibrant new safety surface, the play park will include a pirate’s ship as its centrepiece with additional equipment throughout the park, including a zip-wire.

The new play park will also include picnic benches, something that many respondents to the consultation said would be an important improvement. The new park will also include play equipment specifically designed to be used by people with special needs, so that all children can enjoy play experiences together and children with special needs feel as included as any other child.

Portfolio holder with responsibility for play parks Coun Adam Grist, said: “I would like to thank all those who took part in the consultation to influence the type of equipment that is to be installed. Play is an important experience for all young people and I hope to see the new park well used.”