|An i-play system
similar to the one due to be installed at the new
Wallace Park Playpark.
A 21st century play facility with equipment
costing around £400,000 is due to be installed at Wallace Park
within the next few months.
The revolutionary solar powered 'i-play
system' will be just one of the attractions at a state of the
art playpark which will push the total bill for phase one of the
refurbishment of the park to between £500,000 and £600,000
forcing developers Scott Wilson to make some economies on work
planned for the rest of Lisburn's 'green lung'.
of the scheme, which could get underway as early as February,
were unveiled at this month's meeting of the City Council's
Leisure Services Committee.
Other features at the playpark will include
an 8.2 metre 'WOW Factor Unique Mountain Tower, a variety of
slides and two 25 metre aerial runways.
The developers say they will make full use of
the topography of the site to ensure the play facility has
maximimum visual impact over as wide an area as possible.
The large section of the playground dedicated
to younger children will feature at least 13 different pieces of
One of these will be a 'Hags Pedal
Roundabout' which children will power themselves by means of
pedals. The pedals will not only provide the children with
exercise but also eliminate the need for parents to make the
of Scott Wilson told councillors this piece of equipment was
just one example of how the playpark could be used by both able
bodied children and those with disabilities as it includes a
seat for those with mobility problems.
A nearby 'trim trail' for children will
feature 13 different activities including log walks, a 'wobble
board', a Burma bridge and a mini-suspension bridge.
However, the i-play system, one of
approximately 10 in Ireland, could well prove the biggest draw
at the playpark which is expected to attract children from a
wide area and which the developers say will be on a bigger scale
than the playpark in the Stormont Estate.
aim is to promote high energy exercise for the young. Its
manufacturers Playdale say it is 'highly interactive,
challenging and fun'.
Children can enter their scores in the 'my
iplay' section of the Playdale website and view the scores of
others on a league table. Teachers can use the website as a
classroom tool to encourage children to identify their exercise
levels as well as spark discussion and learning on the impact of
exercise and diet on health and fitness.
Concerns were expressed at the meeting about
the difficulty for parents of supervising individual children
using different areas of the playpark at once.
However, the developers explained a central
area would provide adults with an all round view of the