New transport-themed Play Area for Gippeswyk Park

Published27th September 2022

Work has started this month on an exciting new children’s Play Area at Gippeswyk Park in Ipswich ready for opening by the end of October.

The new Play Area will be a colourful and inclusive outdoor park, with the design inspired by nearby transport links such as the Railway Station, the River Orwell and the local road network.

The facilities include a variety of new equipment, with a wheelchair-accessible roundabout, zip wire, railway station and train, road and car, river with a boat climber and much more.

The new play area will be located near the Lupin Road park entrance and the existing Play Area will remain open for use until the new one is ready for use, after which time the old play area will be removed.

This is the second Play Area being delivered following approval of the Play Area Strategy 2022-2027 by Ipswich Borough Council. Work started on the Castle Hill Roman Play Villa at the end of July 2022.

Councillor Phil Smart, Ipswich Borough Council Portfolio Holder for Environment and Climate Change, says:

“We are pleased to be providing this new Play Area for young people and families in the Gippeswyk Park area of Ipswich, taking inspiration from the railway line and road that runs parallel alongside the park plus the river that also runs nearby towards Ipswich Waterfront.”

“Our Play Area strategy will see many Play Area improvements for young children and their families delivered in phases over the next few years starting in 2022 with completion in 2025 as part of our commitment to active play space improvements right across Ipswich for all ages and abilities.”

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