Revamped play area a hit with youngstersBy Jon Nurse
May 18, 2012
A revamped play area is being well used by local children in Wargrave.
The village’s recreation ground has been transformed thanks to £30,000 of investment from Wargrave Parish Council.
The basketball court has doubled in size, while the football area has been kitted with a new surface.
Council officer Stephen Hughes said: “We had to do some work with the area anyway and we were able to attract some section 106 funds from the borough council, so we took the opportunity to upgrade some of the equipment. So far it’s been very well received.”
Pre-schoolers and Scout groups regularly use the area by Recreation Road that now boasts a new slide and swing.
Fencing has been extended to encircle the entire BMX track and the bark chipping on the ground has been raked and replenished.
Mr Hughes said: “We are lucky to have the site we’ve now got.
“The goal area has had proper matting put in underneath it. Recently it had become a bit of a dust bowl.”
Councillor Marion Pope, chairman of the council’s recreation and open spaces committee, said: “We’ve removed the seesaw which had been damaged a few years ago and installed instead a basket swing that can hold two or three children. They love it.”
More improvements could be made to the play area in the near future.
The council discussed doubling the sunshade, a wooden structure over the park benches, at a meeting in April.
“I would like to see a couple of pieces of apparatus that older people can use,” Cllr Pope said.
“The problem is it’s thousands of pounds per piece and we have to keep within our budget.
“Everything has a life span.
“We are hoping to set aside monies through the coming years to provide alternatives the timber constructions.”