New play trail being created in Stevenage town centre

18 Jul 2018

Work begins this week on an outdoor leisure space and play trail for children as Stevenage Borough Council continues to improve town centre public spaces.

The play area will run the length of Market Place and includes new climbing equipment, slides, see-saws and more. New outdoor seats, trees and plants are also being installed as part of work to brighten up public spaces alongside major regeneration across the town.

Market Place is a hub of largely independent shops and cafes including a florist, barber, comic book shop, and beauty salons, as well as being a through route to Stevenage Indoor Market. All will remain open throughout the work, which is expected to last 16 weeks.

Stevenage Borough Council this summer completed refurbishment of the town’s iconic Town Square fountain and pool, which was first built alongside the clock tower in 1958. Last year new trees and granite benches were installed in Forum Square and Queensway. The regeneration of Park Place also will feature improved public spaces for people to enjoy.

John Gardner, Executive Member for Regeneration and Environment at Stevenage Borough Council, said: “The Market Place work is a really lovely scheme to give families somewhere central for children to play and let their imaginations run free, as well as making a nice place to sit and enjoy our town centre.

“We’re committed to making the town centre look good so people can start to see a difference before our major regeneration plans get underway next year. With new homes being completed on Park Place and new shops opening this summer, we’re already providing some of the things people ask us for. I look forward to larger-scale regeneration to develop a modern and welcoming town centre where people live, work and play.”

Early next year Mace will begin the first major phase of town centre redevelopment – SG1. This covers the existing library, town square and bus station, and will include new shops, housing, restaurants and bars as well as new health facilities and a library fit for 21st century living.