Perking up the parks.

Bath & North East Somerset Council is investing £115,000 on improving facilities on some of the area’s play parks.

The first play parks to receive a facelift will be Broomfield and Brickfields in Bath.

At Broomfield, the plan is to put in place a new multi-play unit. Local people are being given the chance to have a look at the options and have their say at a drop-in event at Broomfield between 10am and 12noon on Saturday 26 September.

At Brickfields, plans include a new basket swing and a low roundabout for toddlers. The area under the slide will also be resurfaced.

Other parks set to see investment include Alexandra Park, Bath, where a new noughts and crosses play panel is being put in, and Chalfield Park in Keynsham, which is being resurfaced to improve play for children, making it safer.

Play area at Royal Victoria Park.

Play area at Royal Victoria Park.

The children’s play area at Royal Victoria Park is also set to have new play equipment including:

· Mobilus – a new high rotator for older children
· Climbing Wall – new panels, handgrips and surfacing at the top of the wall
· Coach and Horses – a new toddler multi-play unit.

Cllr Martin Veal (Conservative, Bathavon North) Cabinet Member for Community Services, said: “Our play park facilities are well used and enjoyed by our younger residents. The new equipment has been carefully selected to ensure users can continue having fun, safely.”

Work to improve play parks across the district will get underway in October and is expected to be completed by the end of the year. Over the past 3 years Bath & North East Somerset Council has carried out £435,000 of improvements on play parks. Parks to have benefitted include Camerton, Clandown, Haydon, Keynsham, Midsomer Norton and Writhlington.