Our Play Park has a name!

Wednesday 4th May 2022

Our new play park has a name, thanks to the clever design skills of 8-year old Rhys – the winner of our ‘Leave Your Mark, Name the Play Park’ competition.

The Play Park has been affectionately named ‘Shop and Slide’ after a competition to design an official brand logo was won by eight-year-old Rhys Savin from Darras Hall Primary School in Newcastle.

Rhys’s artistic flair and clever play on words caught the attention of the judges and was chosen unanimously from over 120 school children’s entries to the competition, launched back in October 2021.

His artwork was unveiled in a special ceremony during the Easter holidays and Rhys also received a winner’s hamper packed with art goodies from Dalton Park.

Donna Savin, Rhys’ mother said: “Rhys loves having his design in the Play Park and can’t wait to show it off to his family and friends, and maybe his own kids one day!

“He opened all the art materials in his winner’s hamper once he got home and said thank you very much as he loves art, especially drawing and painting.

“He also made the school newsletter when he won! They are very, very proud of him. Thanks again Dalton Park.”

A snippet from Rhys’ school newsletter!

Sophie Robinson, Placemaking, Marketing & Communications Manager at Dalton Park added: “We’re thrilled with our new Shop and Slide Play Park logo designed by Rhys.

“His artistic flair really impressed the judging panel and they loved his imaginative design concept, perfect for a place where our guests love to use their imaginations through play.

It was brilliant to unveil Rhys’ plaque to him and his family over the Easter holidays – we hope it will continue to be a legacy piece for many years to come, and we see a very bright future in art and design for Rhys. Well done from everyone here at Dalton Park!”

Our new Play Park was opened in August 2021 following a £60,000 investment.

Suitable for children aged 2-12, the park includes a number of accessible, inclusive features such as an extra wide slide, easy access ramps, and in-ground roundabout suitable for wheelchairs.