£265,000 refurbishment of three Felixstowe play parks given go-ahead
PUBLISHED: 16:35 15 March 2019 | UPDATED: 09:05 16 March 2019
Three popular play parks in Felixstowe are to be refurbished in a £265,000 project to modernise and improve the experience for youngsters.
Ownership of two of the parks – Allenby Park, Constable Road, and the Gosford Way open space in Old Felixstowe – are to be transferred to Felixstowe Town Council.
Community leaders say the revamp of the play areas will be the first in a series of projects and have stressed that other areas of the resort have not been forgoten.
Doreen Savage, chairman of the town council’s civic amenities committee, said the project was the culmination of a lot of hard work and a really good example of partnership working between the town, district and county councils and Suffolk Coastal Norse.
Gosford Way and Allenby Park will be fully refurbished with a range of items suitable for toddlers, juniors and teenagers. Cavendish Park will gain a multi-use games – suitable for five-a-side football and basketball area – aimed at teenagers.
Gosford Way will have all the play equipment replaced with 14 new pieces. In Allenby Park the surface area of the five-a-side will be replaced and widened, the play area will get five new pieces of equipment as well as multi-unit offering eight different activities.
Mrs Savage said the Gosford Way play area equipment was reaching the end of its life and the site was poorly supplied. With the 200 new Ferry Road homes being built there was a need to improve this area in particular.
Town clerk Ash Tadjrishi said: “There are about 10 play areas in Felixstowe and these were graded on a priority basis and these the first three to be brought forward as the highest priority but there are others in desperate need of upgrading and the town council will be continuing to focus on these in the future. Our commitment is to raise the bar in terms of quality and the standard of play in Felixstowe.”
Deputy mayor Tracey Green said she was “really impressed” with the designs while councillor Steve Gallant said it was a real opportunity to begin providing quality outdoor space across the whole town.
Fuinding for the project has included £80,000 from Suffolk Coastal, £27,000 from Felixstowe Town Council, £2,000 from Felixstowe Youth Forum, £137,000 from CIL and other developer funds allocated for play/sport, plus money from the enabling and locality budgets of councillors Graham Newman, Steve Wiles, Doreen Savage, Steve Gallant, Stephen Bloomfield and Andy Smith.
It is hoped that the project will be completed in time for the summer holidays.
Mayor of Felixstowe, Graham Newman, said: “Securing upgrades to our play areas was identified as a priority for the town council so I’m delighted that this project has been so well supported.
“Once these three areas have been improved we will continue to work in partnership with the District Council to plan for further upgrades to other play areas in the town.”
TJ Haworth-Culf, Suffolk Coastal cabinet member with responsibility for customers, communities and leisure, said: “I am very pleased to see these improvements being made to play areas in Felixstowe so that children and youngsters alike can enjoy themselves.”
“Not only will these improvements make the play areas more attractive to visitors, they will also become a valuable and exciting asset for the local community just in time for summer.”