A brand-new play area will open from Friday 24th September 2021 at the Willen Lake area of Milton Keynes.

This new extended play area is over an acre in size and boasts to be Milton Keynes’ biggest free to use play area, with the design of Willen Lake’s new play area created with immersive play in mind.

Upon its unveiling, the intent is that great thought has been given to the different age ranges and needs of the children who will be using it. The play area has a nautical theme which fits in with the lakeside setting at Willen Lake, while 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, their state of the art Watersports Centre open, followed shortly by the opening of the café; Benugo Bar & Kitchen in July.

These projects at Willen Lake are entirely funded by The Parks Trust, the independent charity that cares for the greenspace in Milton Keynes. The income generated from activities and car parking at Willen Lake contributes to this.

Find out more about the new Play area at www.willenlake.org.uk/activities/off-the-water/play-area