Families attended Woodville Road play area on Saturday for the opening of a fantastic Pirate Ship.

The ship stands proud for all to see and is the largest piece of play equipment to be installed in the Borough of Boston.

With three levels of play to experience from under the boat where hammocks swing and port holes bring imaginative play to younger children, to the middle and top decks that have scramble nets, a slide, fireman’s pole, a zip line and other exciting features for the more daring it really enhances this play area by bringing a whole new dimension of play.

It was designed by Kompan and built over five days by Thompson Groundworks just in time for children to enjoy over the half-term school holidays and beyond

This is part of the investment made in many play areas in Boston over the last three years by Boston Borough Council, Boston Town Area Committee, Boston Big Local (BBL) and Local Hope. These have included a wheelchair swing, slides, football posts, outdoor gym equipment, trim trails, various toddler play houses, basketball hoops and much more.

Fran Taylor, Boston Borough Council’s play and physical activity officer said: “The Pirate Ship is the icing on the cake and offers a whole new opportunity of challenging and exciting play. With over 40 different play values for ages 4 to 14 year olds.

“Children and young people are really excited at being given this amazing play space which could accommodate up to 40 children at once giving many different play opportunities.

“Comments from those attending the opening proved that the Pirate Ship was a huge success and many children and parents gave their thanks personally to the representatives of the funders that attended for enabling this project to be delivered.”

Chairman of Boston Big Local, Richard Tory, said: “We are really pleased to have played our part in funding this project. Just seeing how much the children appreciate it is wonderful to see and hear.

“It really does help demonstrate that our BBL goals are set correctly for the BBL area, because this project covers three or four of our themes – Health and Wellbeing, A More Attractive Environment and Build Community Spirit.

“This is something we have wanted to do for some time and we could not have actioned this without the support of the council, BTAC, their open spaces sub-committee and of course Fran.

“What a fantastic example of collaboration to deliver an extremely worthwhile project that has bought so much fun, gratitude and excitement from both the children and the grown-ups who are supporting their play on the pirate ship.”