With 2 free car parks, easy accessibility on bus routes (2, K, T, J), 2 play areas, inclusive, wheelchair-friendly play equipment, sports pitches, goals, acres of open space, surfaced paths, river views, trees and a stream, this park has so many things to recommend it!
The main entrance and car park is located off Topsham Road, very close to the Countess Wear roundabout. There is a second, smaller car park located off School Lane/Countess Wear Road at the river end of the park. See a map here for more detailed directions.
There is a changing block with toilets and a disabled toilet (accessible with RADAR key) and a community defibrillator is located here too. The park is used for many sporting fixtures and can get very busy at weekends with clubs training and competing.
The amazing, inclusive play area visible from the main car park is known as The PlayPark, and it can be reached via a surfaced, wheelchair friendly path, and has equipment for all young people to enjoy the play opportunities available. There is a sensory area with sandpit and musical instruments, as well as a seesaw, swings, trampoline, roundabouts and slides. The climbing frame has wheelchair ramps too. This securely fenced play area has bins, benches and grassed areas so is perfect for a picnic.
The second play area is located on the river side of the park, an easy and straight walk from the inclusive equipment, but across grass and therefore not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Having two play areas a good distance apart means that if you need to exercise the dog, children can be motivated with the idea of a play at both sides of the park and the dog can have a run around between the two!
The smaller play area overlooks the river and has the feel of a secret, walled garden. There are wooden obstacle apparatus, a small play complex with tunnel and slide and some swings. This area is hilly and lends itself to rolling down hills and playing ‘aeroplanes’ too.
Outside of the play areas there is a central hidden stream to discover, lots of trees and hedgerows for exploration and shade and more open space than you can believe you can find so close to the city centre!