Adventure playground planned for Stoke Park

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By mattcollison | Monday, December 10, 2012, 16:30

AN ADVENTURE playground is set to be built in woods at Stoke Park after councillors agreed a £150,000 sum for the facility.

Peacocks Wood, on the park's north side, will be turned into a high and low ropes course complete with towers, a zip wire, and rope bridges.

The proposed Wild Wood Aerial Adventure is to be one of the largest in the UK comprising over 30 separate aerial-stations. 

The adventure course will weave its way through the trees on two levels, one in the canopy of the trees, with others attached to posts or tree trunks.

Guildford Borough Council has already agreed a licence for the £500,000 facility with climb company Craggy Island.

At a meeting of the Executive on Thursday night (December 6), the council agreed to fund £150,000 of the total cost of the scheme, which is subject to planning approval.

The council money will provide a refurbished reception building, improved car parking and landscaping.

GBC said trees in Peacocks Wood will be protected and a woodland maintenance programme will help improve the area.

Phil Newcombe, Head of Parks and Leisure Services at Guildford Borough Council, said: "By accommodating the Wild Wood Aerial Adventure we will raise revenue, improve the park, provide an additional attraction for Guildford Borough and create employment.  Whilst this venture constitutes a significant investment by both Craggy Island and the Council, the revenue we generate over the term of the licence is likely to be over £1m."

Rob Mitchell, Director at Craggy Island comments: "We are absolutely delighted that the Council has embraced this project and worked with us to provide what will be an outstanding facility and a great asset to Guildford. We have been providing rock climbing activities to the area for over 8 years now, and the high ropes challenges are a natural extension to that which we already provide."
A planning application is due to be submitted before Christmas with an estimated opening for Spring 2013, subject to approval.



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