New improved play areas open

09 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Council swung into action to open a newly refurbished play area in Bedwell Park on Wednesday 8 February, as part of their investment in play areas across the borough.

Stevenage children and young people have helped to design six new play areas after they were given the chance to pick their favourite pieces of play equipment.

Embracing their ideas, the council came up with different designs for Bedwell Park, Bandley Hill, Cook Road, Scarborough Avenue, The Noke, and York Road.

Bedwell Park features two climbing frames, swings, balance bars, slides, basketball hoop, rocking boat and roundabout. Incorporated in the others are a zip wire, climbing wall and dinosaur domain.

The improved play areas at Scarborough Avenue and Cook Road are also now open, with the rest due for completion later this month.

For the official opening of Bedwell play area, children from Broom Barns School, who took part in the consultation, were joined by the Mayor of Stevenage, Cllr John Lloyd CC, the Mayoress of Stevenage, Cllr Joan Lloyd, Leader of Stevenage Borough Council, Cllr Sharon Taylor, and representatives of Stevenage Community Trust who contributed to the improvements at Bedwell Park in memory of Freeman Hilda Lawrence. 

Councillor John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “It’s been really rewarding to work with the community to improve these play areas and create special places for children to enjoy.”

The council will shortly start consultation with residents on a further wave of play area improvements.