Vote on new look for Daventry play area

CHILDREN and parents can have their say on how the new play area in Daventry town centre will look.

Earlier this year hundreds of schoolchildren gave their thoughts about what equipment they thought should go in a new play area to be built on the New Street Recreation Ground in the town.

The new play area will be built to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, as well as a new skate park to replace the existing ramps on the Rec.

Daventry District Council (DDC) received over 1,500 comments from local children about what they wanted to see in the new play area and from that a tender was put out for companies to design and build it.

Their submissions have now been whittled down to three designs, and the council is inviting children and parents to vote on which one they would most like to see built.

The designs will be going on display at Daventry Leisure Centre from 3.30pm to 4.30pm, from Wednesday, December 5, to Friday, December 7, and everyone is invited to have a look and vote for their favourite.

Officers will also be taking the designs into a number of day nurseries and schools in Daventry to get feedback from children and parents.

DDCs portfolio holder for community, culture and leisure, Cllr Alan Hills said: “We had a fantastic response when we asked the community for ideas for the play area earlier in the summer and these have now formed the final three design options.

“We want to get as many children and parents to vote on which design they like the best as after all they will be using it more than anyone, so I hope lots of people go along to Daventry Leisure Centre to have a look and have their say.”

Once a final design has been selected it’s hoped that work on a new play area could start early in the new year and be complete in time for next summer.

To see the pictures of what the new play area could look like, see this week’s Daventry Express