Stourport Memorial Park Decision
Stourport Town Council's Parks Committee has made its choice of new facilities to be constructed in the Memorial Park - Green Gym apparatus and Natural Play equipment.
The current tennis courts will be the main station for the gym apparatus, but other individual exercise machines will be located throughout the park.
The Natural Play area will be sited near the existing younger children's play area, next to Park Avenue.
The remaining tarmacked area of the tennis courts which is not required for the Green Gym will be returned to grass.
Council officers will now draw up specifications and seek bids from contractors to carry out these works. The capital sum available is £87,000 - all of which has come from planning conditions attached to permissions for new house building in Stourport.
The Parks Committee has been asked about provision in the park for younger children under school age.
The new Natural Play area is intended for "older children", by which Parks Committee members mean "older primary-aged children and into teenage years". In their discussions with council officers and a parks facilities consultant, the committee considered that the existing younger children's play area did cater for children under school-age. Indeed, on their visits to the park prior to taking their decision, members of the committee saw children of this age, supervised by adults of course, using the play area. However, the question will be brought to the attention of the committee, when it meets early in 2017.
Councillor Jamie Shaw