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Community park improvements for the new year

News release 9823, published on 13 Nov 2020
Work to install new play areas at Popley Community Park is set to get under way at the end of the month as part of major improvement scheme at the open space area.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is upgrading the play equipment and facilities at the popular park with £400,000 funding from developers’ contributions.

The equipped play areas will need to be closed from late November for the refurbishment work to take place safely but children and adult users of the community park in Popley Way can look forward to the different play zones for varying ages reopening early in the new year.

Local people were asked for their views on what new play equipment they’d like to see in the park and what features could be improved. As a result, the five priorities created for the space were a junior and toddler play area, seating, perimeter fencing, outdoor gym and a teen play zone. Exciting new proposals have now been developed for the play areas and teen zone, including a parkour area. There will also be improved landscaping including nature trails, wild flowers and wildlife improvements.

Work has already taken place to install the perimeter fencing and new planting will begin this month, alongside the work on the play areas and teen zone. The outdoor gym equipment and new seating will also be taking place over the winter and it is expected the full project will be completed in March 2021.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “Popley Community Park is a well-used and much-loved neighbourhood facility and I know these improvements will be well received by those people who use it. We asked residents what they wanted and I’m really pleased we are able to deliver a range of new facilities from new play equipment to a parkour area and places to sit, relax and enjoy the beautiful soundings.

“The winter months will see our contractors carrying out work within a COVID-19 safe environment and therefore it will be necessary to close the play area in the park until the new year, but I hope users will agree the new equipment will be well worth the wait.”

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