Across Sedgemoor, fifty-two play areas and the equipment in them are looked after. With the lockdown easing and people getting out and about, our Parks and Clean surroundings team have been busy sprucing up the district in readiness for residents to enjoy as and when government guidelines allow.
The Clean Surroundings team have been busy planting six new trees in Sydenham, Bridgwater; there are three No. Prunus Kanzan / cherry blossoms; two Malus Evereste / ornamental crabapple and one Crataegus Laevigata / hawthorn. Three will go at the front of Coronation Park and a further three in the newly enclosed central reservation on Parkway opposite the shops. A great addition for the environment and another enhancement for future generations to enjoy.
Working with Sydenham Improvement Group, we have also newly created public open space off College Way in Bridgwater. There are new picnic tables, a bark path, built a new accessible ramp and enclosed the area with fencing to make it feel like a destination to stop and play.
There will be four new swings in Crowpill Lane Play Area – two will be for junior use and two for toddlers. Pollard Road play area in Bower will be getting a new climbing frame with slide, and swings and Sunnybank in Hamp will be extended and have a new climbing frame with slide, swings and small stand-on roundabout. Talbot Park in Highbridge will be getting new swings a little later in the year.
Our four-legged friends have not been left out either – we’re putting in new pathways into our designated dog exercise area at Coronation Park in Bridgwater. The site gets very wet and further to public requests we’re pleased to be able to provide all weather access to the area. The exclusive exercise and agility area was built when the park was refurbished and offers a secure off lead space. There’s also fixed dog agility equipment to try out. Also in Coronation Park is a newly installed inclusive roundabout and sensory play panels. This will become a designated quiet play space for those with additional needs.
Apex Park in Highbridge also has a new £10,000 dog agility area.
Finally, our thanks go to everyone who took the time to complete our survey about Eastover Park in Bridgwater. We had more than 100 responses, mainly from people that live within about 5-10 minutes’ walk away from the park. Top of the list is a large climbing frame with slide, swings, trampoline, see-saw, springers, floor games and roundabout – all set within an extended play area. The next stage is to draw up specifications and tender the work. It is hoped that work will be completed in time for the school summer holidays.