Families stumped at new game in ArborfieldBy Victoria Smith
April 20, 2012
A new light-up play facility aiming to get children in Arborfield active has proved to be a real head-scratcher for villagers.
The new Arborfield Recreation Ground facility, which was funded with £22,000 from developers working in the borough, was installed earlier this month, however villagers have reported struggling to understand how the game works.
Existing signage installed with the game has not been clear enough for users, according to Arborfield Parish Council.
As a result, new signage with improved wording will be placed at the SportActiv facility on Saturday as part of a launch event, when manufacturer Wicksteed will be on hand to answer questions and hand out goodie bags.
The SportActiv electronic play facility is the first of its kind in the country. It features a court area with touch-sensitive lights that children must run between and push to switch off.
Arborfield parish clerk Alison Ward said the game was popular, but some people had tried it and struggled to understand the game instructions on the existing sign.
The new facility is just one of several new additions to the popular recreation ground in recent weeks.
A new shelter and benches, including a disabled access bench, have been installed at a cost of around £13,000.
This money has also come from developers, who must provide cash to improve community facilities such as parks and schools when building new homes in the borough.
A further four park benches will be installed in the park soon.
The launch event for the new game will take place on Saturday from 11am at the Arborfield Recreation Ground in Swallowfield Road.