|Trumpington Local History Group
Electronic play space, King
George V Playing Field, Aug 2012
An electronic play space was
opened on King George V Playing
Field by Councillor Sheila Stuart,
Mayor of Cambridge, on 1 August
Powered by solar energy, this was
the first set of this type of
equipment to be installed in
The opening was attended by local
residents and children as well as
Council staff and representatives
of Kompan, the supplier.
|Photos: Wendy Roberts and
Cambridge City Council press release
Trumpington teenagers have been enjoying the new features at the King George V playing field
in Trumpington, officially opened on National Play Day by the Mayor on Wednesday 1 August
2012. The makers of the play equipment will be on hand to explain how to use this new local
The new electronic teen zone at Trumpington was built by Kompan (Play) UK Ltd who were
successful in responding to the council's brief to create an electronic teenage zone (8-15 years)
that had to be sustainable. Their design was a clear favourite with the local school children who
were instrumental in choosing the best solution during the competition held in March this year
that was organised by the Children and Young People's Participation Service (ChYpPS).
The solar powered play area has been designed around three key elements of childrens' play
that is challenging and engaging for both genders: the Icon Space is used for chasing games, the
Icon Nova for reacting to speed and the Icon Rocky for developing strength. A key feature of
the play is that even if the electronics are switched off each play equipment can be used
physically in a traditional way.
Cambridge City Council has long recognised that the future of outdoor play for today's digital
generation is electronic. Each product features multiple games which can be updated via
software for limitless team play options.
Cllr Rod Cantrill, Executive Councillor for Arts, Sports and Public Places, said: "The new
electronic play zone is an excellent example of how we have worked with the young children in
the local area of Trumpington to give them an innovative and inspiring play facility which has
been timed to open for the summer holidays. It will also have the added benefit of promoting
health and fitness."
The project was funded by developer contributions and cost £46,000.