Zetland Park, Scotland

A playground that honours history

A playground that honours history

The Scottish town of Grangemouth wanted a themed playground that would honour their proud history of the first-ever steamship, the Charlotte Dundas. They had a vital wish: the playground needed to be fully inclusive to serve all local children while still creating a meaningful monument for the community. KOMPAN proposed to build a customised full-size replica of the Charlotte Dundas as a play-ship with a focus on realistic equipment and inclusive features.

The new playground has proven to be a huge success, and the local community, including primary and high schools, frequently visit the playground. Because of the uniqueness of the site, it attracts people from near and far. 

A Playground with WOW-factor!

A Playground with WOW-factor!

The Charlotte Dundas WOWs the children by its realistic design and size! It is built with different features to make it as realistic as possible, encouraging the children to engage in hours of role play. For example, the ship is equipped with a steering wheel and a telescope, and if you shout “Man overboard”, you better hurry down the slide to get them safely on board again on the Charlotte Dundas.

To meet the requirement of an inclusive design, both climbing nets and a ramp leads up to the deck. To make it even more fun, the fastest way from one side of the ship to another is by crossing a wobbly climbing net, which challenges the children’s balance, coordination, and physique. 

Physical

Social/emotional

Cognitive

Creative

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It has been fantastic to see so many families and young people enjoy this new facility, and feedback from users has been really positive. We know that this play area will be enjoyed by generations of parks users to come.

 

 

Allana Hughes 

Zetland Park Project Officer, Falkirk Council