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play area pencesterPencester Gardens

Initially renovated in 2008 thanks to funding from the Big Lottery. The design was developed in consultation with the community in the natural play style with largely wooden equipment and river boulders.  Features include a castle climbing frame, a zip wire, an accessible basket swing and a roundabout.

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The play area was further developed in 2016, which included surface improvements and a new set of cradle swings. The development was largely funded by money secured by Dover District Council through planning agreements.

Connaught Park

play area connaught parkThis award winning play area was refurbished in February 2010. The design was developed in consultation with the community including Charlton Primary School and was highly commended by the Local Government News Street Design Awards 2010. The site includes challenging features suitable for children up to the age of 14, such as a zip wire, large climbing boulder and a tube slide. There is also a toddler's area that contains traditional equipment, such as cradle swings and a sandpit, and a range of inclusive features, such as a wheelchair accessible roundabout.

This exciting and creative park was funded by DDC and the Playbuilder programme. The Playbuilder funding was provided by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, supported by Play England, and administered by Kent County Council.

play area kearsneyKearsney Abbey

A popular and well used facility, Kearsney Abbey Play Area was extended and developed in May 2010, funded through a combination of Dover District Council Special Project Reserve, Section 106 monies and external grants. The designs were based on consultation sourced within the local community including River Primary School. This site is particularly suitable for young children and features a boat multiplay unit, wide hill-slide, swings, a rotating net climber and a large sandpit. 

Landscaping, river boulders, informal balancing logs and swan seats that compliment other features in the park provide further interest.

play area russell gardensRussell Gardens

New equipment was installed at Russell Gardens play area in May 2010 in conjunction with Kearsney Abbey Play Area development. The site contains equipment suitable for slightly older children including a challenging multiplay unit, and a suspension roundabout. 


Elms Vale Recreation Ground

Elms Vale Play Area went through a large refurbishment in May 2013, largely funded by money secured by Dover District Council through planning agreements. The high quality designs were developed in consultation through the Kent County Funding Network within the local community and were approved for a “Secured by Design” award, an official police security initiative.  The site has play features and equipment designed for all different ages of children, including a toddler’s area that contains conventional equipment such as a multi-play unit, traditional swings, a slide, and a fun natural trial walk with balance logs and stepping stones. There is also a variety of challenging equipment suitable for children up to the age of 14 such as an overhead carousel, zip wire, 2.4m high basket swing and a free-ride/extreme sports board.

Northbourne Avenue Play AreaNorthbourne Avenue

A complete refurbishment of Northbourne Avenue Play Area was undertaken in May 2013, largely funded by money secured by Dover District Council through planning agreements provides a natural playing environment with features and equipment designed for all different ages of children.  Exciting equipment installed through consultation within the local community and Priory Fields Primary School includes activity panels, multi play units, mini roundabout, traditional swings, zip wire, climbing posts and a spinning gravity bowl. The refurbishment has been credited with a “secured by design” award, an official police security initiative.

Sheridan Road

Extensively refurbished in June 2013 following consultation from the local community and Green Park Primary School, Sheridan Road Play Area delivers exciting and challenging features for all ages of children to enjoy. The refurbishment which was funded by HRA Revenue includes new equipment for older children such as a Zip wire, ‘rock n doll’ rotary dish, agility climbing frame, balance trail unit and g-force roundabout. There are also traditional features for toddlers to enjoy such as cradle swings, interactive play panels and spring mobiles.

Larger Play Areas in the Deal Area

play area marke woodMarke Wood Recreation Ground

Big Lottery Children’s Play Programme funded renovations at this site in 2008. The design was developed in consultation with the community. This spacious play area includes natural play features such as landscaping and boulders.

Play equipment includes swings, a slide, a climbing wall and a climbing tower.

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North Deal Playing FieldsNorth Deal PR

A brand new play facility was opened in May 2016 following consultation undertaken by the North Deal Community Partnership to seek what new facilities locals would like to see within the green open spaces. Funding was secured largely through planning agreements. Facilities include a teenage space and an enclosed children’s play area. New play equipment includes flat and cradle swings, multiplay units with climbing frames, a disabled access roundabout and a double width slide. There are also new natural play features, with a boulder climbing wall, nature trail units and grass mounds.

Dover District Council continues to work with the North Deal Community Partnership to improve existing features and create a sustainable park for all residents and visitors of North Deal can enjoy.

Victoria Parkplay area victoria park

This play area was officially reopened on 14 March 2011 following extensive renovations. The project was supported by the Department of Education's Play Builder scheme distributed by Kent County Council, Deal Town Council and Dover District Council. The selected design was formulated using information gathered during public consultations held the previous year. Victoria Park play area contains a range of challenging equipment, such as massive climbing blocks, items suitable for younger children and inclusive play features such as chimes and an accessible see-saw. 

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The-ButtsThe Butts

Renovation works funded by Dover District Council Special Projects reserve was completed in May 2015 at The Butts Play Area to complement existing equipment. The design was finalised through consultation with local schools and community groups. New features include a zip wire, basket swing and a timber trail unit.


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play area provisionReview of Play Area Provision 2012-2026 »

Play areas across the district are discussed in ‘Review of Play Area Provision 2012-2026’, which provides a map of all equipped play facilities including those owned by parish councils. Improvements at Dover District Council owned play areas are guided by this adopted strategy.



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