H2Odds, Odds Farm Park, High Wycombe, England
The Odds Farm Park waterplay facility incorporated 500sqm of waterplay, 80 metres of channels, streams and pools and 28 distinct play features, including locks, dams, Archimedes Screw and Waterscoop wheel. Timberplay began working with Odds Farm Park in November 2017 and took the time to understand what the team were trying to create; a waterplay area unlike any other. Timberplay’s Landscape Design team came up with a bold design for a low level waterplay space that could accommodate many children at any one time. Rather than the typical ‘splash pool’, H2Odds delivers a calmer, more immersive play experience, and is ideal for the Odds Farm Park demographic (0-8yrs). It is perfect for social and engaging play, bringing together distinct groups of children into a shared play experience.
This design represented a different approach to waterplay, utilising an alternative palette of materials than those typically associated with Timberplay – concrete and steel. However, this hard landscaping is balanced by the surrounding natural environment, timber fencing and a timber hand wash station, with the additional inclusion of natural boulders and natural stone sets.
The addition of shade sails also offer some protection from rain, increasing the usability of the space in more inclement weather and delivering sun protection too.
The specifics of the development meant that Timberplay had to work very closely with Odds Farm Park and Kingscombe, the water specialist company. The water was drawn from a bore hole and treated in a plant room, before entering the system. Particular attention to detail was taken over the design to ensure that flow and volume of water would deliver an appropriate and balanced play value.
The waterplay has very little mechanisation, with the children pumping the water themselves, helping them understand scientific and mathematical principles effectively demonstrated through waterplay in action. This also means that, with the installation and setup successfully completed there would be less potential of failures and repairs.
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