Play park provision in Andover just got more exciting! Over the winter months four neighbourhood play parks across the Andover area received makeovers to improve facilities and create more exciting and adventurous play opportunities for local children.
Following public consultation, play areas at Anton Lakes, Gallaghers Mead and Hedge End Road all received refurbishment in December, with Mead Hedges completing the quartet in February. Works included equipment updates and safer surfacing, and aim to provide play opportunities for a range of ages from infants through to juniors.
Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, Councillor Tony Ward, said: “I am delighted that the Council has been able to invest in upgrading these local and well used community facilities as part of our commitment to enhance our built environment and encourage communities to reach their full potential. Equipment has been updated or enhanced at all these sites to provide progressive play opportunities which will continue to keep children engaged as they grow older. As the weather improves and spring approaches the improved facilities will help to encourage children outside and into active play in a fun, safe environment.”
The work is part of a rolling programme of improvements aimed at expanding the play value of facilities across the borough, and is partly funded by Section 106 Developer contributions.
Public consultations coming up include Picket Twenty and Charlton Lakes, and will help to inform work at those sites later in the year.