A Playground that Honours History
The Scottish town of Grangemouth wanted a themed playground that would honour the proud history of the first-ever steamship, the Charlotte Dundas. They had an important wish: the playground needed to be fully inclusive to serve all children in the area while still creating a meaningful monument for the community. KOMPAN proposed building 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 elementary and high schools, frequently visit the playground. Because of the uniqueness of the playground, tourists from outside the district also visit the playground to get a view of the Charlotte Dundas replica.
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
A Playground with WOW-Factor
The Charlotte Dundas WOWs the children with its realistic design and size! It is built with different features to make it as realistic as possible which encourages 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 onboard the Charlotte Dundas again. To meet the requirement of an inclusive design, both climbing nets and a ramp lead 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.
PhysicalJoy of movement: motor skills, muscle, cardio and bone density
CognitiveJoy of learning: curiosity, understanding of causal relationships and knowledge of the world
Social-EmotionalJoy of being together: teamwork, tolerance and sense of belonging
CreativeJoy of creating: co-creation and experimenting with materials
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