Artistic start to play area regeneration (Kings Chase)

Councillors representing the Kings Chase ward of Kingswood have welcomed the creation of a striking carving at the play area at Wesley Hill.  The carving has been made out of a diseased tree that had to be cut down.  It will be used for climbing and includes a seating area.  The councillors say this is the first element of a transformed play area that they hope will become an attractive and well-used community space.

 

South Gloucestershire Council, in co-operation with Kingswood Bus Project and Merlin Housing Society, conducted three consultations to find out what local people wanted for the green area.  One was with adult local residents, the second with young people during the October half-term holidays, and the third with pupils at St Stephen’s Junior School.  From this, a wish list of ideas emerged including additional seating, goalposts and an adventure area.  All these ideas have now been taken forward.

 

The next stage of the work will involve the planting of shrubs, the laying of safe matting in the play area and the installation of new play equipment.  This work is due to be completed by the Easter holidays when the transformed space will be launched.

 

Commenting on the project, local councillors Pat Apps, Bill Bowrey and Terry Walker say:

 

“We want this space and play area to be used and valued by the whole community and across all generations.  We hope that residents of all ages will take pleasure from the improvements and the new facilities that are going in.  They are long overdue and will contribute to the physical regeneration of this corner of Kingswood.”

 

16th February 2012

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