Local MP has welcomed the Borough Council’s improvement programme for Basingstoke’s parks.
At War Memorial Park Four major projects are getting under way to improve play and leisure facilities, including children’s play area, a new skate park, an upgraded pump track for bikes and scooters, a new parkour park and outdoor gym equipment.
At Beggarwood Park work has started on the next phase of improvements with upgraded BMX pump track set to be ready for action by Easter, “Wild Zone nature” the eco-friendly green space replaces the old timber maze and will encourage children to explore the natural world trail to be opened just after Easter holidays. The £258,000 improvement scheme has also included new benches, bins, better footpaths and improved landscaping at the popular neighbourhood facility and Local Nature Reserve.
And at Popley Community Park, major improvement work is also taking shape, a new teen zone is due to open on Monday 29 March, this will include an exciting Parkour course for running, jumping and climbing, installation of a new outdoor fitness circuit and new perimeter fencing on the park’s northern boundary, together with flower and hedge planting. In addition, the overflow car park area will be resurfaced along with footpath improvements and new seating in the park.
Maria said, “Our local parks and green spaces is part of what makes Basingstoke a great place to live and I am delighted that War Memorial Park, Beggarwood Park and Popley Community park will see fantastic improvements, residents of all ages can enjoy the new equipment and facilities as well as exploring the new wild zone.”
The new improvements follow a number of public consultations last year asking local people for their views on the recreational and landscaping facilities they wanted to see in their local parks.