Pride in Parks
In March 2018 Broxtowe Borough Council approved £500,000 worth of investment in Broxtowe’s parks and open spaces. £250,000 was approved for 2018/2019, with an additional £250,000 approved for 2019/20. Each year £125,000 was allocated to make improvements to Council owned play areas which had been identified as high priority in the Borough’s Play Strategy. The balance of the funding, a further £125,000 was shared among the Town and Parish Councils who maintain their own parks to help improve their facilities.
In March 2020 the council approved a further £200,000 initiative to continue the Pride in Parks programme.
- Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground, Beeston – a fully refurbished play area is proposed. The Borough Council has allocated £65,550 for this site which will be supplemented with a bid to FCC Communities Foundation to further enhance provision. Work at the site is expected to be undertaken in autumn 2020 after the school summer holidays.
- Swiney Way Play Area – a programme of works to replace the equipment and install a rubber surface to this play area that is specifically designed for younger children.
- General improvements – there are some sites that do not need a full refurbishment but need specific items of equipment to be replaced or for new surfacing to be installed. £42,000 has been allocated to address these issues.
- Hall om Wong, Kimberley - this spring will see lots of new works at this popular open space in Kimberley. An application to FCC communities found action has resulted in a grant award of £50,000 for a refurbishment of the children’s play area and access improvements to the site. This funding together with an allocation of £20,000 from the Borough Council’s Pride in Parks initiative will see the last of the High Priority sites in the Council’s play strategy enhanced and improved.
Recently Completed Projects
King George V Park, Bramcote
This park benefitted from £120,000 worth of park improvements thanks to a £50,000 grant from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund and £70,000 from Broxtowe Borough Council.
The improvements at King George V Park included a new outdoor fitness area and a brand new state of the art play area. Local residents were asked what type of facilities they would like to see on site and the feedback helped shape what was delivered. The play area was officially opened on Wednesday 29 January 2020 by the Mayor of Broxtowe and children from The Village Nursery to test out the new play equipment.
Brinsley Recreation Ground
The Parish council used its £18,000 Year 2 Pride in Parks funding to install a fully accessible swing for people in wheelchairs at Brinsley Recreation Ground. This is part of the overall play area to making it fully inclusive. A second phase of the works saw new outdoor fitness equipment added to complement the existing facilities on the park.
£5,000 play area improvements at Shilo Recreation Ground and major improvements to the cricket pavilion at The Lane Recreation Ground thanks to Pride in Parks and external funding.
£87,000 improvements at Broadgate Park and £100,000 for major improvement works at Leyton Crescent Play Area thanks to Pride in Parks and external funding.
£17,000 play area improvements at Brinsley Recreation Ground.
£28,000 play area improvements at Mansfield Road Recreation Ground.
£57,000 improvement scheme at Beauvale Park Play Area, with additional work proposed later this year.
£20,000 at Millfield Road Play Area and improvements to the bowls pavilion and green at The Stag Recreation Ground. Play area improvements proposed at Hall Om Wong Open Space and Knowle Park.
£47,500 play facility improvements at Redbridge Drive and £30,000 at Basil Russell Playing Fields. £18,000 new outdoor fitness equipment coming soon at Basil Russell Playing Fields.
£165,000 for a new play area and multi use games area at Hickings Lane Recreation Ground - work in progress. £15,000 scheme to upgrade play area at Judson Avenue.