Work starts on first phase of city centre Play Trail

Published on 09 September 2015

THE SOUND of the sea will be coming to land-locked Leicester this week, as the first piece of equipment in a brand new Play Trail is installed.

Called the ‘Sea Roarer’, the stainless steel platform will make the sound of waves crashing onto the shore as children – or adults – attempt to balance on it.

As the platform rotates and pivots, ball bearings sealed beneath it will roll over a textured membrane to produce the sound of the sea. 

The Sea Roarer – which has been installed at the Horsefair Street end of Gallowtree Gate – is the first of three new play installations that will help make the city centre more family-friendly.

City Mayor Peter Soulsby said: “The new play trail is part of a much wider programme of work to make the city centre more welcoming to visitors of all ages.

“It’s an idea that’s been tried and tested in lots of European cities, where children’s play is viewed as an integral part of the street scene.

“Over the next six weeks, we’ll be installing three new pieces of play equipment in the city centre – and, if people like them, we’ll consider putting in more.”

A glass viewing prism – which distorts straight lines and adds intense colours to the view ­– will also be installed as part of the £30,000 first phase.

Both the Sea Roarer and the glass prism – which will be sited in Cathedral Gardens – will be available from Friday (11 September). A third piece – a six-metre high double helix, which creates an illusion of upward and downward movement when a handle is turned – is planned for Humberstone Gate.