News

Final designs for playground revamps and new outdoor gym announced

Final plans for a revamp of three parks and the creation of a new outdoor gym have been unveiled, following consultation on the next phase of the Community Parks Programme.

In a move to improve green spaces in the borough, playgrounds at Victoria Recreation Ground, Beverley Park, and King George’s Recreation Ground are set to be transformed. Plans for a new outdoor gym at King George’s Recreation Ground have also been given the green light.

Councillor Hilary Gander, portfolio holder with responsibility for playgrounds and parks, said:

“This is just part of our ongoing commitment to keep improving the parks and green spaces for children and adults alike to enjoy.

“Thank you to those who shared their thoughts and ideas on our draft plans. We took onboard your suggestions and modified the designs. I look forward to work starting on site later in the year.”

Local people responded positively to the initial proposals for all three parks and the new outdoor gym. The views of residents and park users gathered as part of the consultation were included in the final plans where possible.

Following feedback, Victoria Recreation Ground will now boast a larger trampoline, more  equipment designed for imaginative play and more natural-looking surfacing. Beverley Park will have a more natural colour scheme, timber framed rather than metal equipment and a new sandpit. Work to make the improvements is expected to start in mid-September for up to five weeks. Residents were happy with the original revamp plans for King George’s Recreation Ground site and they were not modified as a result. Work to install the improvements will begin towards the end of June and last between four to five weeks.

The council is investing £1.3m in the borough’s parks over three years (2018 to 2021), through the Community Parks Programme.

To find out more about the Community Parks Programme, visit www.kingston.gov.uk/communityparksprogramme.

View the final designs below.

Beverley Park

Victoria Recreation Ground 

King George’s Recreation Ground