Milton Keynes’ biggest free play area opens at Willen Lake

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22 September 2021

We are excited to announce that at midday on Friday 24th September 2021, Willen Lake will open its brand new play area. This new extended play area is over an acre in size and will be Milton Keynes’ biggest free to use play area.

The design of Willen Lake’s new play area has been created with immersive play in mind, great thought has also been given to the different age ranges and needs of the children who will be using it. The play area has a fun nautical theme which fits in with the lakeside setting at Willen Lake plus all the equipment has been constructed from the highest quality robinia wood which reflects the natural parkland found at the lake.

The new play area is made up from two parts, the larger area is suitable for slightly older and more adventurous children and has a wide range of equipment, including a large lighthouse tower with tunnel slide, a lookout crow’s nest and a suspension bridge.

The second area is suitable for younger children and those with additional needs and is situated close to the new Watersports Centre and the Benugo Bar & Kitchen. This area is enclosed on three sides making it safe for little ones to explore. It has been designed to allow for pushchairs and wheelchairs to easily access the play equipment. The flooring in this area is made with a rubber crumb to make it smooth and soft. This area has a wheelchair accessible roundabout, a basket swing and extra wide slides so that there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

In addition, refurbishment works have also been undertaken at the existing play area, with the installation of a new large piece of equipment, the rope swing, as well as some landscaping works to improve this area.

The new play area forms part of the wider improvement works happening at Willen Lake. In June of this year, we opened our state of the art Watersports Centre open, shortly followed by the opening of the café; Benugo Bar & Kitchen in July.

The improvement works at Willen Lake were entirely funded by The Parks Trust. The income generated from activities and car parking at Willen Lake contributes to this.

Find out more about the play area here.

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