Pirates and play parks at Picket TwentyMayor of Test Valley, Councillor Iris Andersen, officially opened the first children’s play park at Picket Twenty on Saturday 8 August.

Named Quicksilver Cove, the play park is based on the theme of a pirate shipwreck and is perfectly positioned on the public open space at Quicksilver Way.

Designed by HAGS SMP, the park includes a variety of equipment, which encourages imaginative and adventurous play. The theme, material, style and type of play equipment included in the design were informed by the ideas expressed by residents as part of a public consultation, which invited families to have an input into the design of the park. Residents and trustees of the Picket Twenty Community Association held a free family Pirates in the Park event on the day of the opening to celebrate the completion of the facility.

Community and Leisure Portfolio Holder, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “This is such a great play park and I am absolutely delighted it is finished. It is already proving extremely popular with residents and I hope it will be well used for years to come. Quicksilver Cove is the first of a number of facilities planned for the development because facilities like this help to bring communities together. It’s great to see this new neighbourhood continue to grow successfully. Thank you and well done to all involved.”

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