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Work starts on play and leisure improvements at War Memorial Park

News release 9914, published on 19 Mar 2021
Four major projects are getting under way to improve play and leisure facilities Basingstoke’s War Memorial Park.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council is providing an exciting children’s play area, a new skate park, an upgraded pump track for bikes and scooters, a new parkour park and outdoor gym equipment.

The construction sites will be closed off while the contractors are at work – including the current play area for around six weeks. Visitors are asked to maintain safe distances in line with current government restrictions to create safe spaces for the work to go ahead.

The improved children’s play area will be in the same location as present, but with zones for toddlers and juniors to enjoy new equipment, such as climbing equipment, swings and roundabouts.

Work has started on the new skate park on the site of the previous well-used one and the existing BMX track will be replaced with a pump track for use by bike and scooter riders and skateboarders.

A parkour park is also being built to provide an obstacle course for climbing, running and jumping – and new outdoor gym equipment will also be installed at the park.

The borough council’s £495,000 improvement scheme at the War Memorial Park is being funded from its capital budget and includes a £45,000 grant from British Cycling towards the pump track.

Local residents and park users gave their views on what facilities they wanted at the Green Flag awarded park in a public consultation last year.

Cabinet Member for Planning, Infrastructure and Natural Environment Cllr Mark Ruffell said: “The start of the construction work on the new leisure and play facilities marks an exciting new era for War Memorial Park.

“The local community will benefit from the new children’s play area, a parkour park and gym for keep fit enthusiasts and the new skate park and pump track – there will be lots going on and plenty of choice.

“This investment by the council shows our commitment to enhancing our parks and green spaces for everybody to enjoy."

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