By Ian Dipple Friday 16 August 2013 Updated: 16/08 10:50
A PAIR of play parks in Bromsgrove are set to receive a £150,000 investment and residents are being given their say on how they should be transformed.
The parks team at Bromsgrove District Council is using money gained from section 106 planning agreements to revamp Aston Fields and Braces Lane Recreation Grounds.
A series of play contractors have been asked to provide designs for both sites which will be unveiled to residents at two open afternoons. People will then be able to give feedback on which they prefer to help influence the final design.
The move comes as a new report from Play England, Play Wales, Play Scotland and Playboard Northern Ireland revealed a lack of dedicated community space was among the reasons why children played out less than previous generations.
But in response the council revealed since 2006 it had invested £1.7million in open space and recreation for residents including opening or replacing ten MUGAs (multi-use games areas) or ball courts and 17 play areas with four more scheduled for this year.
Although during the same period play equipment has been removed from four small areas because they were unsustainable, two of which had attracted problems with anti-social behaviour because of their layout and location.
The council is currently responsible for maintaining over 70 open spaces across the district including parks, sports pitches and play areas.
Coun Michael Webb, responsible for leisure services on the council, added: “On our watch the approach continues to be to prioritise development of our larger, strategically located facilities because these are the popular sites able to support a wider variety of facilities and play value.
“As portfolio holder for the last six years I’m proud of the improvements we’ve made and continue to make to our parks. Providing sufficient usable open space that can be easily and economically maintained is paramount, not least because open space and recreation is important to everyone regardless of age or circumstances.”
The open afternoon for Aston Fields Recreation Ground takes place on Wednesday, August 21 from 1pm to 3pm and between the same times at Braces Lane Recreation Ground on Thursday, August 22. Outdoor games and circus skills will be on offer to entertain youngsters during the events.
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