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Next phase of work gets underway at Beggarwood Park

News release 9912, published on 19 Mar 2021
Beggarwood Park’s new facilities are being enjoyed by families this springtime - and now Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has started work on the next phase of improvements.

The new children’s play area has received great feedback and the upgraded BMX pump track is set to be ready for action by Easter.

BMX fans will be able to build up their bike skills on the new pump track circuit of rollers, berms and jumps when it opens. The track will also be used for skateboards, rollerblades, scooters and mountain bikes.

In addition, work is under way on the Wild Zone nature trail which will open to the public after the Easter school holidays. The eco-friendly green space replaces the old timber maze and will encourage children to explore the natural world.

Beggarwood Park’s play area has been extended and updated with 30 new fun facilities for children aged up to 12, including climbing frames, ropes, swings and toddler rides.

The £258,000 improvement scheme has also included new benches, bins, better footpaths and improved landscaping at the popular neighbourhood facility and Local Nature Reserve.

The new facilities followed a public consultation last year when local people gave their views on the recreational and landscaping facilities they wanted to see at Beggarwood Park. The improvements were funded from developers’ contributions.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “I’m sure all the community will join me in welcoming these fantastic new facilities for Beggarwood Park visitors to enjoy.

“The new Wild Zone will not only be a fun place for young people to explore but also help them engage and get a better understanding of nature.

“We’re delighted to provide an upgraded pump track circuit for BMX and mountain bikers, skateboarders, rollerbladers and scooter riders to use.

“I hope this investment at Beggarwood Park will give local people great pleasure for many years to come.”

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