The much loved Crooklets play area is very weathered and in need of replacement. Cornwall Council has made £20,000 of funding available to upgrade the current facilities and improve the quality of activities for local children and visitors.
There are signs on site encouraging families to take part in a short online survey at www.cornwall.gov.uk/playareas and share their priorities, thoughts, ideas and suggestions for the play area. The consultation closes on Sunday 25 March.
Nigel Pearce, one of Bude’s two Cornwall Councillors, said: “Children love to play on the half-sunken ship concept, inspiring their imagination. If you have any ideas and comments to improve things, they could be used by designers to develop different options for this area. We’ll be sharing the options with the public later in the spring and you’ll be able to vote for your favourite design. My grandchildren play here and I like to think of it as an Imagination Area.”
Peter La Broy, who also represents Bude on Cornwall Council, said: “It’s fantastic that the Crooklets play area has been selected for funding as part of the Council’s three year Capital Play Programme. The scheme invests in strategic facilities where no other funding is available, so it’s great to see it being used to improve this play area in Bude.”
Sue James, Cornwall Council Cabinet Member for Environment and Public Protection, said: “We’re investing in outdoor play areas in key locations like Crooklets because good quality open spaces encourage families to spend time outdoors, being active, good for physical and mental health. I’m looking forward to hearing local children’s ideas about the kind of play area they want and seeing the designers bring those ideas to life.”