New flagship play area at Prospect Park to open ahead of schedule

Reading’s new half-a-million-pound playground in Prospect Park will open early, in time for Easter holiday fun.

We are delighted to announce that the new play area, originally announced for summer 2023, is being delivered ahead of schedule and will now be open for play from Thursday 23 March. The playground provides a range of facilities to cater for children of all ages and abilities by offering a variety of challenge levels. It has been carefully designed to allow children to be challenged physically as well as letting their creativity flourish.

See more photos of the new park.

The location and surfaces of the new play area have been chosen to ensure the best accessibility for families using pushchairs or mobility aids.  

The extensive play area boasts:

  • Themed zones, including quiet play areas and activity panels.
  • Roundabouts, swings and a zipwire.
  • Two large climbing towers with a tunnel slide and access ramp incorporated into the unit.
  • Ground-level roundabout, braille panels, lower-level inclusive play net, accessible see-saw, tactile panels, ground-level games, and a large accessible springer.

It has been designed by play experts HAGS UK to allow much improved access to and around the playground and will be as inclusive as possible – aiming to challenge, excite and inspire as well as encourage children of all abilities to play together.

The new playground forms part of the Council’s overall £1 million investment in new playgrounds and playground equipment across Reading.

As part of the work a new pedestrian access path from the car park to the play area, with a new pedestrian crossing also being created. Once the new play area is open the next phase will be to remove the existing play area and reinstate the area back to informal grass parkland.

This project is just one aspect of the enhancement and investment being made within Prospect Park, including a £500k multi-use activity centre in part of the pavilion building, which sits directly opposite the new play area. The mini-golf, Sky Tykes low ropes activity and climbing wall are all open, with the other facilities – including a café - opening this year.

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Last updated on 15/03/2023