Major improvements at Kelston Road Park in Keynsham are due to begin in September as part of a £100,000 investment by Bath & North East Somerset Council and Keynsham Town Council.
The final design has been published and includes junior and toddler play zones, accessible equipment and a range of exciting swings and climbing apparatus.
Visitors to the park, which is located next to St Keyna Primary School, will also benefit from better seating and tree planting in the complete overhaul of the park.
Signs showing the new design and informing residents of the play area closure while the improvements are carried out are due to be installed at the park this week. The design can be viewed here.
The project is a result of a consultation carried out in 2019 which highlighted that play improvements were the top priority for the park, alongside better seating, signage and safety measures. The current play equipment was installed around 30 years ago and is now reaching the end of its life.
A children’s survey led by the Keynsham Neighbourhood Development Plan and supported by the Town Council showed that Kelston Road is amongst the most popular play areas for local children and that swings are the most popular pieces of play equipment, followed by all types of climbing equipment.
The work is expected to begin in September and will take six weeks to complete.
Councillor Paul Crossley, cabinet member for Community Services, said: “Kelston Road Park is a popular area for local families so I’m delighted that we will soon begin these large-scale improvements to the play facilities. We know that space for physical and imaginative play is important to children’s development and health and the new equipment will encourage more children to have fun outdoors. It’s going to be a real asset to the community for many years to come.”
Councillor Clive Fricker, Chair of the Keynsham Neighbourhood Development Plan and Vice-Chairman of Keynsham Town Council, said: “Thank you to everyone who had their say in the consultation and NDP surveys. This is a great example of ensuring local residents have a real say in the facilities and services provided by B&NES and KTC while incorporating the views of our younger residents who will use the play area into the final design. The new benches, goal posts and sports area are already being well used and the play area redevelopment will provide years of fun and entertainment for families. We are currently considering the addition of a wheelchair swing following input from Keynsham Now and we hope that this can be included after KTC meets again in September.“
The Kelston Road Play area redevelopment is funded by Section 106 developer contributions, the Community Infrastructure Levy and a grant from Enovert Community Trust, through the Landfill Communities Fund.
Follow this link for more information about the project www.bathnes.gov.uk/kelstonroadpark
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