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Popley Park work nearing completion

News release 9913, published on 19 Mar 2021
Major improvement work at Popley Community Park is taking shape and set to be ready for Easter.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has already upgraded the children’s play area with new equipment in separate zones for toddlers and juniors.

A new teen zone is due to open on Monday 29 March, subject to government restrictions, and this will include an exciting Parkour course for running, jumping and climbing over obstacles.
An outdoor fitness circuit is also being installed this month and should be ready for use by the Easter holidays.

New perimeter fencing on the park’s northern boundary, together with flower and hedge planting, is also under way and set be completed by the end of March.

In addition, the overflow car park area will be resurfaced along with footpath improvements and new seating at the park and should be completed by mid-April. The existing parking area remains open for visitors to use.

The improved facilities at the community park in Popley Way are being carried out by the borough council with £400,000 funding from developers’ contributions after a public consultation survey sought the views of local people.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “It is great to see the improvement work under way at Popley Park so that people of all ages can relax and take exercise.

“It is a well-loved neighbourhood green space and I’m sure these new facilities will be well received by everyone who uses it. Our residents asked for better recreational facilities for young people so we have invested in delivering play zones for children and teenagers to enjoy.

“Others will be able to enjoy working out on the outdoor gym equipment or finding more places to sit and relax in the beautiful surroundings.

“I hope local people will continue to enjoy the facilities at this well-used community park in the future.”

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