Note from the District Council
The posters currently up in the park are to inform people that contractors are on site and currently developing those 2 specific areas; the older children’s activity area and the outdoor gym.
Through the consultation there were a number of areas that were raised. With regards to the Children’s Play Area there were a number of responses which talked about better maintenance, paint job and clean up as well as repair broken equipment.
I will be meeting with our Ground Maintenance Contractors, who have responsibility for the day to day maintenance of equipment, along with a member of the Parks Team to look at the Children’s Play Area. We will be assessing what needs to be fixed and repaired and getting confirmation of this. I will also be looking at what needs repainting and a bit of TLC in the area at this visit.
With regards to the equipment, through the consultation with residents there were suggestions for big swings, tyre/basket swings for older children. There were also comments that the teenage area is currently used by mainly under 12’s and there needs to be more for teenagers. The new equipment that is being installed has been specifically chosen to cater for a wide age range. The consultation was also conducted with 57 pupils from Fleetville Junior School along with a separate 9 young people feeding into the consultation from the residents’ questionnaire. We have tried to bear in mind that the current usage of the park is mainly from Fleetville Infant and Junior School each day. Therefore the feedback we received from Fleetville Junior School pupils has helped inform the types of equipment that have been chosen.
New equipment that is going into and around the “Teenage Area”:
Ø IXO Multiplay Unit is recommended for 8-14 year olds
Ø Cableway is recommended for 4-14 year olds
Ø Hip Hop is recommended for 6-12 year olds
Ø Pendulum Swing is recommended for 8-14 year olds
Ø Goal End is recommended for all ages
The new Outdoor Gym Equipment will be suitable for anyone aged 12+
As part of the ongoing improvements there will also be additional work happening. 3 new picnic benches will be installed in the area in the next few weeks as work is being completed by the current contractors on site.
Yesterday I confirmed the date for a Community Involvement Day at the Recreation Ground and am about to start planning this event. The day will be held on Sunday 7th July and residents, local groups and young people will be invited to come and get involved. People will be invited to help us paint the old equipment that remains on site, including the Children’s Play Area, paint the Community Centre Wall in the Children’s Play Area and help us with some planting. Local clubs will also be invited to come along and deliver some sport and physical activities so the day has plenty for children and families to do together. As I said, I am about to start planning this event so cannot currently give you much more detail on this.