Winning logo for new Play Park at Dalton Park designed by eight-year-old Rhys Savin

Dalton Park’s new £60,000 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 ‘Leave your mark, name the Play Park’ competition, launched by the outlet shopping destination 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.”

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!”

Dalton Park’s 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.

Children can also enjoy games and puzzles, musical elements, and role play with a shop counter and captain’s wheel.

Competition judges included Sophie Robinson, Placemaking, Marketing & Communications Manager at Dalton Park, Jerry Hatch, former Centre Manager as well as Murton Parish Councillors Cllr Julie Griffiths and Cllr Robert Adcock-Forster.