The Parish Council is about to embark on an ambitious programme of playground improvements at Greenwood Park. This follows St Albans City and District Council’s agreement to allocate S106 money collected from developments within the Parish to this project. Central to the ‘Super-net project’ will be the installation of a large ‘Octa Net’ which will provide new and challenging play opportunities for a greater range of ages and many more children than the current equipment.
The new Octa Net will replace the existing, smaller ‘Witches Hat’ at Greenwood Park, which is coming to the end of its life. It will be installed over a new, large play sand base which will broaden the variety of play available, and the design of the rope netting means that it provides safe, exciting play for a wide range of ages from age 5 up. In addition to the central climbing area, which includes ‘hang-out seats’ near the top for older children, there are extensions to the sides which include a slide and a climbing net.
A Triple Rope Trail will provide play opportunities for younger children, for whom the Octa Net can be seen as a progression as they grow in age and confidence and a set of Turning Bars offer exercise challenges for all children.
Installation work will start at Greenwood Park after the summer holidays. New equipment is also being installed in other playgrounds throughout the Parish – a ‘Snooker Wall’ has been installed in Woodbury Field and is already proving to be popular with children of all ages.
Cllr Bill Pryce , Leisure Committee Chairman, commented:
‘The new range of equipment will increase the benefit of the play area to the community, offering new, exciting challenges to a wider range of children.”
Councillor Daniel Chichester-Miles, Environmental Portfolio Holder for St Albans City and District Council, said:
“The Council decided to allocate this section 106 money to a revamp of play equipment at Greenwood Park after consulting local ward councillors. The Parish Council’s programme of improvements will mean that the play area will now appeal to a wider range of children.”