New play area in Daventry town centre

Work on a new play area in the heart of Daventry to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee is starting at the end of July.

The play area will be built on the New Street Recreation Ground in the town not far from the new skate park that officially opened this month.

A public consultation was held earlier in the year asking families what they wanted to see in the new play area and which design they preferred.

A design featuring lots of swings, slides and climbing frames for young and older children was chosen and work on the site will start on July 29 and take around five weeks to complete.

The play area will cost £95,000, with Daventry District Council allocating £70,000 from its Open Spaces budget to pay for it, while Daventry Town Council has also put £25,000 towards the project.

Cllr Alan Hills, community, culture and leisure portfolio holder at DDC, said: “It’s fantastic news that work will start on the new play area in the New Street Rec this month and will be finished before the end of the summer.

“Its design was chosen following an extensive consultation with children and parents that started last summer and I’m sure they will be very happy with their choice once the work has finished.

“Along with the new skate park that has just opened in the same area, the improvements we are making to the facilities for young people in the town are a great way to commemorate the Queen’s Jubilee and also lay down a marker for the future of play in our town over the coming years.

“Having consulted and listened to our young people, I would remind all age groups that when completed please respect the area, look after it and help to keep it tidy.”

The Town Mayor, Cllr Mark Wesley, said: “The redevelopment of the Rec is important to Daventry. I’m pleased that the collaboration between the District and Town Councils has created an even better place for children to play.

“Along with the skate park this will be valued by the residents and visitors to the town. It makes Daventry a better place.”

Video by Daventry District Council.