Council set to invest in fun facilities for residents

24 Feb 2017

Stevenage Borough Council is planning to provide fun and exciting places for children and teenagers to spend time by investing almost £1.5m in play areas across the town.

Already this year the council has unveiled improvements at six play areas – York Road, Scarborough Avenue, Cook Road, Bedwell Park, Donkey Park and The Noke – which local youngsters are now enjoying.

At their meeting on 22 February, Executive Members agreed to carry out improvements to play spaces across Stevenage over the next five years. Work will include refurbishing existing facilities, installing new equipment, and landscaping, which will enhance the play experience for 0-16 year olds in the town. As with the recent improvements, the council will invite local children and young people to get involved in designing the sites and choosing equipment.

Stevenage has 57 equipped play spaces, which are managed and maintained by the council, varying in size from small sites with one piece of equipment to large parks with facilities for toddlers, juniors and teenagers. Almost everyone in Stevenage lives within eight minutes’ walk of a play area.

Cllr John Gardner, Executive Member for Environment and Regeneration, said, “Providing a range of good quality, free play spaces for Stevenage residents has many benefits. As well as promoting children’s learning and development, it helps them cultivate social skills, enhances their imagination and keeps them active and healthy.

“We strongly believe it’s important that we continue to invest in our play areas, even when money is tight, because of the benefits they bring to many thousands of children and their families.

“It’s also important that our facilities meet the needs of young people now and in the future, and I’m looking forward to hearing from our younger residents about what they’d like to see in their local park.”