New 'Super' Playgrounds In Watford

The equipment at the adventure play area in Harebreaks includes a climbing wall, curly slide and a double zip wire for kids aged 5 and upwards to enjoy.

The first of two 'super' playgrounds in Watford is now open - thanks to £1.4million investment by the council.

The equipment at the adventure play area in Harebreaks includes a climbing wall, curly slide and a double zip wire for kids aged 5 and upwards to enjoy.

The playground is home to a large 22-metre-long tower that stretches more than 12 metres into the air. Young people can scramble up a climbing wall and across a bridge to reach the tower before climbing up to a fast straight slide and a steep twirly one. 

There is a mid-air netted area for kids to have a rest or climb across to get higher up the structure. The tower - accessed via an exciting wibbly wobbly bridge designed for children of all abilities - has special panels to reflect light in different colours.

Around 50 children from nearby Beechfield Primary School tried out the new equipment and found it challenging and fun. Alisha Thorpe, aged 10, said: "I think it's amazing and I love the curly slide especially. It goes around and around and it's really fast."

Elected Mayor of Watford Dorothy Thornhill said: "We are committed to providing exciting, imaginative and fun play activities for children, families and young people in Watford. The new adventurous playgrounds will be supported by free Easter and summer holiday activities for young people that we're rolling out across Watford. We're also expanding our programme of free events at Watford Museum and Cassiobury Park, so now is a great time to be young in Watford."

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