Revamp of popular park continues
Published on: 30 Jan 2014
TWO more pieces of play equipment are set to be installed at King George V Park in the coming weeks.
Parish councillors are keeping their fingers crossed for drier weather to enable installers to move forward with this next stage of the revamp of the popular park.
Phase one of the project to provide first class play facilities for children in the area started in October when bulldozers moved onto the site to put in various pieces of equipment including a climbing frame, musical springers, ground level trampolines and a roundabout which is accessible to children with disabilities.
Now a climbing pole and a three-dimensional swing, known a ‘hip hop’, are on order and are expected to be put in by the end of February.
They will be placed at the Westerleigh Road end of the park by the existing zip wire and will be most suitable for older children and adults.
Phase one of the project has been funded by Downend & Bromley Heath Parish Council which has set aside £25,000 for phase one with a further £10,000 donated South Gloucestershire Council through the New Homes Bonus Fund.
Parish councillor Mary Lewis, who chairs the council’s open spaces committee, said: “The equipment is on order but it’s a bit weather-dependent as to when they are put in.
“The climbing pole is fun as it’s a challenge - even for adults! - to get to the top and it’s very good for strengthening core muscles. The other piece of equipment needs two people and it’s like a three-dimensional see-saw. There’s one at Vassalls Park and it’s great fun.”
Phases two and three of the fenced children’s play area will boast adventure-style play equipment aimed at junior aged children but requires further fundraising and consultation. It will complement existing gym-style equipment at the Westerleigh Road end of the park near the zip wire, table tennis table and a basket swing.
Mrs Lewis said parish councillors and Friends of King George V Park and Badminton Road Playing Field were working together with South Gloucestershire Council to ensure the park boasts facilities which will attract both the young and not so young.
She said: “We are really pushing forward now with phase two which will include improvements to the fenced area of the park. When all phases are completed, it will be a top class facility which will attract people into the park.”
The parish council decided to spend the money improving local play areas following a community plan consultation in 2011 where a questionnaire was sent out to every household in Downend and Bromley Heath.
Residents felt there was a need for better play equipment, especially adventure-type installations.
Anyone who would like to join the friends’ group to help with work on phase 2 and 3 and on other projects in the park should contact Mary at firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone the parish clerk on 0117 956 7001.