EXCITING NEWS - IMPROVEMENTS TO THE JUBILEE PLAY SPACE ARE COMING!
The Diamond Jubilee bike trails and Jubilee playspace will be closed week commencing 25th April 2022 for the improvements to be carried out at the Jubilee play space. The closure, timed so the playground and bike trails remain open for the Easter holidays, is expected to last throughout May. Subject to good weather, the improvements are scheduled for completion just in time for the Queen's Platinum Jubilee celebrations.
The junior play area will be upgraded to add new equipment, to add a metal surround fence to replace the existing wooden fence, and to repaint the existing equipment. A twin tower multi-activity climbing frame with a slide, side climber, fireman’s pole, climbing net and spin ball is planned for the existing play space with a separate group swing replacing the blue climbing frame. Under the new equipment, a safety surface will be provided with an increase in the size of the flat swings floor area for compliance purposes.
The new sports surface will provide an all-weather, level, area to upgrade the existing grassed ‘kick about’ space with two goal mouths and two basketball practice hoops. To make the sports surface as inclusive as possible, it will have ground-level markings added at a later date to create further play opportunities for all abilities and youth ages. So as to suit as many people as possible and retain the trees, the new surface will be large enough to improve the sports area without restricting the ‘free play’ space and den building opportunities which are popular.
Two Parish wide ‘Money To Play With’ consultations in February 2016 and February 2018, and the April 2021 Jubilee Playspace consultation, informed the selection of new equipment and the new surface. The majority of funding comes from development monies for Mill Heath and therefore it is a requirement that the money is spent on sport and active play in the vicinity of Mill Heath, Martlesham.
Watch this space for progress reports!