Parents pick best designs for recreation ground

MHDE'Artists impression of New Street Recreation Ground
MHDE'Artists impression of New Street Recreation Ground

The New Street Recreation Ground in Daventry will get a makeover following a public vote on which firm should transform the site.

Over the past year children and parents have given their thoughts about what equipment should go in the proposed play area.

Dozens of their ideas were whittled down into three different designs by companies who had tendered to build it and in December people were invited to vote for their favourite one.

The regeneration of the New Street Recreation Ground play area will cost £95,000. The funding has come from Daventry District Council (DDC) who have teamed up with Daventry Town Council (DTC).

DDC has allocated £70,000 from its Open Spaces budget towards the revamp with the rest of the money coming from DTC.

The play area is being built to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Leader of DDC, Cllr Chris Millar, said: “The existing play equipment on the site is old and in need of replacing.

“It is not only a great way for the town to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, but also give youngsters a fantastic new modern play area that they can enjoy for years to come.

“It was very important that we asked families for their ideas about what should go in it and that they chose the final design because, after all, they will be using it more than anyone else.

“I hope they are very happy with the final design,” he added.

Proving to be the most popular, it will contain lots 
of swings, slides and climbing frames for children of all 
ages.

A new skate park designed for older children will replace the existing ramps in the area and will also be built later this year.

Councillor Ron Fox, DTC chairman, said: “The town council has been supportive of this project, which is an endorsement of what can be achieved when local authorities work together and engage with the community.”

Work is expected to start in the new play area in June with the revamp due to be finished at the end of July.

The name of the firm who is carrying out the revamp has yet to be revealed by either of the councils.

As part of the consultation, DDC received more 
than 1,500 responses from children in the Daventry district prior to drawing up a final design.