The original play park in Rowntree Park was not where it is located now. Looking from the cafe, it was far back toward Terry Avenue gates and on the left – nearer the location of the table tennis tables. There were play park attendants to promote ‘proper play’!
The original park had a very large sandpit. It had a couple of see-saws and about three or four swings. The playground also had ‘Giant Strides’ – like a maypole with revolving cups where chains dangle (6-8) and wooden handgrips. You ran around fast and your feet lifted up.
“What fascinated me most, although I have never heard anyone mention it since, was something called the Giant Strides. It would be something considered potentially lethal nowadays. I was so small I wasn’t allowed to go near it. Its name came from the larger and larger strides you would make before taking off’”.
The current playpark was originally added in 2000 following a lottery grant that helped improve the park, and updated in 2019 with a few new pieces of equipment. The wading pool never returned!