I'm a Mum of two boys living in Oxfordshire, enjoying lots of fun activities and writing about them when I get a chance.
Published September 2nd 2012
A gem of a playpark
Benefiting from a Lottery grant of £49,999 and £10,000 from Cherwell District Council, Ardley has a gem of a playpark. If you're looking for somewhere new to try then this is definitely worth a trip.
The playpark has been designed to appeal to all ages up to 15 and as a parent I found myself trying out the double width slides much to the amusement of my 2 year old son.
There's plenty for little ones to amuse themselves with. The climbing frame has easy steps up, a slide and it's all surrounded by sand for added fun. The picnic tables nearby mean parents can sit back and relax. When I visited, a friend brought tea in a flask and mugs which was a great idea.
I really liked the trampoline set into the ground and a bit of bouncing can definitely burn off some energy.
My son is a bit of a monkey and was desperate to get at the 'big boy's fort'. With sculptured mounds, a tunnel and various ways to ascend, they're then rewarded with a big double width slide down. The landing is luckily soft as you build up a good bit of speed.
For the speed demons there's also a zip wire and the old favourites of swings, unusual roundabouts and a stand up seesaw.
The playpark is situated next to Ardley Village Hall and the grounds of Ardley United Football Club.
There's ample free parking with the playpark found at the top of Ardley Road (OX27 7PA for Satnav users)
Ardley Play Park. Great village amenity. Funds raised by the village and maintained by volunteers. This play park has no toilets on site: it has been noted by villagers that parents are using the rear of the village hall & bushes to toilet their children which is highly disgusting and unhygienic. Remember to place your rubbish in the bins provided and not litter the area as someone has to clean it up after you. If you enjoy using this play park please help with fundraising and the upkeep by donating to the Virgin just giving site, see posters around area. Posted by a concerned villager