Buckskin community play and youth space consultation

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A project is under way to refresh the current play facilities next to the Ridgeway Community Centre. Funding from the council’s Local Infrastructure Fund and Section 106 contributions is being used to replace equipment and change the design of the park to create a more pleasant and attractive area for all ages to use and enjoy.

Local residents have told us that the open space near the community centre and shops is not well used and the current play equipment for children and young people is inadequate. The youth space is very close to residential properties and the children’s play area is poorly equipped.

The key objectives of the project are to:

  • Improve the quality of the youth provision to increase footfall and encourage greater usage by young people. Current users of the equipment say it does not meet their needs, is out-dated and requires an upgrade. The Buckskin ward also lacks other youth provision.
  • Address issues with noise and antisocial behaviour. The park as it currently stands is not well positioned. There is an opportunity to reposition the toddler and teen provision which we think could be beneficial for both local residents and users.
  • Improve the general environment in this area to create a more pleasant space for users and residents, with appropriate landscaping, zoning and on-site facilities.

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Ariel view of the current Buckskin play area

Working closely with the councillors for the Buckskin area and the Buckskin and Worting Community Association, we would like to hear your views on the current facilities and what you would like to see in the future. This feedback will help shape the designs and ensure that the space is fit for current and future users.

The area to be redesigned is displayed in the images below. We have provided some options below for the new play area and youth space which include outdoor fitness equipment, shelters and play equipment. We would welcome your thoughts, please complete the online survey by 18 December 2020.

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Image of childrens play equipment swings and slide

Image of multi use games area

Image of childrens slide

PDF document Ideas and options for the new play area and youth space (PDF) [2 Mb]

Alternatively, contact us for a paper copy on 01256 844844 or email communityassets@basingstoke.gov.uk.

Following this consultation there will be an opportunity to review the designs and feedback any final comments in an online workshop. We also plan to present the designs at a series of art and design workshops with artists for anyone aged 12 and above in the Ridgeway Community Centre in early 2021. Dates will be confirmed shortly. The artwork created in the community centre will be incorporated into the final youth space designs.

To register your interest in these workshops email culture@basingstoke.gov.uk or call 01256 844844.

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