Children and families are set to benefit from improved play areas across Bournemouth

Investment has been secured by BCP Council and The Parks Foundation to refurbish 15 play area sites across Bournemouth. This latest investment continues the improvements that have already taken place across Christchurch and Poole which has seen the refurbishment or total renewal of over 20 play areas sites.

Councillor Mark Anderson, Portfolio Holder for Environment, Cleansing and Waste, commented:

“I’m delighted that we’ve been able to secure additional funding to improve these play area sites across Bournemouth. We are committed to enhancing our parks and open spaces and this investment will improve Bournemouth’s play areas in line with Christchurch and Poole.

“We’ve been allowed to keep our play areas open throughout this third lockdown which has benefitted so many families across our conurbation. Being able to go outside and use these facilities helps the children run off steam and gives their parents and carers the opportunity to go outside and get fresh air, promoting wellbeing for the whole family.

“We’re committed to our fulfilled lives objective, promoting happy, active and healthy lifestyles which has been so important over this last year. These play area enhancements will not only maximise usage of each site but also provides a space for future generations to enjoy as well.”

The 15 sites which are being improved include play areas at Boscombe Chine, Bradpole Road, Central Gardens, Chesildene, Kinson Meadows, Long Road, Moordown Rec, Slades Farm, Redhill Park, Springbourne, Winton play area, Pelhams Park, Cranleigh play area, Harewood Toddlers (Littledown Valley) and Pine Road.

The first project, the replacement of a multi play unit, carousel and seesaw at Pine Road play area in Winton, is now complete. The refurbishments, which are expected to take a couple of months, vary through each play area. Works include a replacement cross scales swing and carousel unit at Central Gardens play area as well as the installation of a set of toddler swings; the replacement of the old hand operated water pumps at Boscombe Chine play area; and two new spring riders aimed at toddlers/young children at the Cranleigh play area.

Cathi Farrer, Manager of The Parks Foundation, commented:

“We were pleased to work with ward councillors across the town to secure this funding for these essential spaces. Our play parks have been a lifeline during the pandemic enabling local families to get out and enjoy their local green space. We’re committed to enhancing our parks and open spaces for everyone to adore, both now and for future generations.”

Funding for the improvements, which cost just under £120,000, was granted from a Community Infrastructure Levy that local authorities can choose to charge on certain developments to help deliver infrastructure and support community developments in their area.