Play away

The re-vamped play area at Kensington Meadows in Bath has now re-opened after the completion of a £60,000 make-over.  

Built and funded by Bath & North East Somerset Council, the improved play park was designed in consultation with the local people and now boasts natural features including play mounds with balance beams, a wooden climbing frame and slide, junior football goals and an agility trail.

Wildflower meadows and trees have been planted to create new biodiverse habitats and a new willow tunnel will be constructed over the winter months.

Earlier this year a huge stone monolith, funded by Section 106 property developer contributions, was also erected on the site, featuring a peephole that frames the Bath skyline.

Councillor David Wood, cabinet member for Neighbourhood Services, said: “I’d like to thank the community groups who worked with us and helped us secure funding for the project. Together we have transformed this open space, providing not only exciting new play equipment for young people to enjoy, but also improving the ecology of Kensington Meadows. I’m sure the improvements we have made will be enjoyed for many years to come.”

The £60,000 play improvement project included a further £10,000 grant from the Government’s Pocket Parks Programme secured by the London Road Partnership and Friends of Kensington Meadows working with the council.