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Testing, testing - Isabella tries out the new slide

Brightlingsea's beach-side playground gets the thumbs up from our new reporter

Isabella Dunlop
Junior Reporter

Junior reporter Isabella Dunlop

Pawson's Playground on Promenade Way re-opened recently after a £142,000 refurbishment – made necessary after damage caused in the tidal surge that flooded the area at the beginning of 2020.

Sadly, your Brightlingsea Info editor is just a bit too old to test out the pirate ship-themed equipment – so step forward our junior reporter, nine-year-old Isabella Dunlop. Brightlingsea Primary School pupil Isabella is thinking of a career as a journalist when she's older, so we sent her off on her first assignment – to report back on the new playground from a user's point of view.

Here's her report:

"I really liked how big the park was and how many different things there were, like how you could never do the same thing the same way twice. Whereas the old one had much less play equipment and less variety.

The steering wheel at the top of the pirate ship was really good fun.

My younger sister Aurelia and two-year-old brother Rory thoroughly enjoyed the park and loved playing on both the toddler, baby and older children’s sections. In fact, Rory found the older children’s section more exciting than the toddler area! Aurelia enjoyed it all, especially the ‘leaves’ and the ‘walk-the-plank’.

If I could change one thing it would be that people would respect the playground rules more. I am aware that on both entrances and exits there are notices of playground rules but too often I see them broken. I have seen people over the age limit playing on the equipment, which could lead to someone getting hurt or the equipment being broken. Worst of all, I have seen somebody lighting up a real cigarette next to the main piece of equipment where most of the children were. Which is endangering themselves, others, asthmatics and the environment around them.

Overall, I think it is an amazing, fun park with lots of things to do and I look forward to playing on it again and again over the summer with my family and friends."


So that's a thumbs up from Isabella – and a thumbs up from us for a great report. If you'd like to write an article for Brightlingsea Info – however old you are – we'd love to hear from you. All we ask is that it has be Brightlingsea-related. Drop us an email!

The new equipment is made of flood-resistant materials and is mounted on soft surfaces

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