Wychavon’s parks set for £200,000 revamp

 Parks across Wychavon are in line for a £200,000 revamp under proposals being considered by councillors.

Among the projects put forward is a new cycle track in Charity Brook Park in Evesham. The current track is closed for safety reasons as it has reached the end of its lifespan and the timbers are rotting. A consultation into the future of the track is currently underway but there is already overwhelming support for replacing the track rather than doing something different with the space.

As a result it is being proposed to install a new track to allow novice riders to practise their skills in a safe environment and more experienced cyclists to enhance their abilities without jeopardising the safety of other park users.

In Pershore the popular wet play area is set to be resurfaced with a new theme. This will ensure youngsters can continue to enjoy it for years to come.

In Droitwich a number of projects are planned including replacing the iconic Wych Barge in Vines Park with a similar but more substantial structure that is more resistant to vandalism, cheaper and easier to repair. Lighting would also be installed to make it stand out in the evening and deter inappropriate use.

In the Lido Park the five-a-side football courts will be resurfaced and new fencing installed while the footpaths around the park are also set to be improved. In St Peters Fields the embankment slide will need to be removed as the timbers supporting it are rotting. It is proposed to replace it with either a more modern slide or a different piece of play equipment.

The work will also see a footpath installed through Cotswold Rise Public Open Space running from Badsey Road to Broadway Road in Evesham. This will connect it to an existing footpath across Lavenders Fields Public Open Space to ensure there is a surfaced path all along the route.

The proposals will be considered by Wychavon's decision-making Executive Board at a meeting on Wednesday, 9 January 2019. If approved, the majority of the work will take place between summer and autumn next year.

The improvement plan will be funded through money linked to planning agreements – known as section 106 – and Wychavon's capital fund which is money earmarked for infrastructure projects and separate to day-to-day spending on services.

Cllr Emma Stokes, Executive Board Member for Environment on Wychavon, said: "Our award-winning parks are among the jewels in Wychavon's crown and if these proposals are approved they will ensure they continue to be enjoyed by visitors of all ages for many years to come."
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