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. This initiative was extended again in March 2021 when the Council approved a further £110,250 to continue the programme.
- Dovecote Lane Recreation Ground, Beeston. A scheme with a value of £125,750 will commence shortly. Funding is from the Council’s Capital Programme, FCC Community Foundation and United Living. The scheme will include new, modern climbing units, a full range of equipment for younger children and new rubber surfacing.
- Pasture Road Recreation Ground. This will be a scheme to refurbish this area with new equipment within the existing fenced area and additional equipment for older children outside the area. Consultation will take place in late spring/early summer.
- 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. £31,500 has been allocated to address these issues.
Recently Completed Projects
Swiney Way Open Space, Chilwell
This was a scheme to replace very outdated equipment at this small area that is specifically designed for younger children. It includes a full rubber surface and new access path.
Beauvale Park, Greasley
The Parish Council used Section 106 funding from a nearby development together with their own funds to replace the fence around the play area and improve the access routes through the site. This work has been very well received.
£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.
King George V 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.
In year 1 the Parish Council undertook £17,000 play area improvements at Brinsley Recreation Ground. The following year they used the 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 further phase of the works saw new outdoor fitness equipment added to complement the existing facilities on the park
£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.