Broadstone play improvements 2017-18

Last updated 16th March 2018

The Projects

A little over £40,000 funding is currently available from Planning Obligations (Developer Contributions) within the Broadstone Ward – £17,353 for ‘casual play and amenity open space’ and £22,917 for ‘equipped childrens play’.

The casual play contribution is ‘at risk’ in 2015/16 and equipped play in 2017/18. Planning guidance suggests that funds be allocated for improvements to existing facilities that allow casual play or to enhance the green environment.

Due to the current pressures on play budgets any improvements, rather than looking to increase provision, should focus on (a) replacing equipment that is near the end of its useful life or (b) relocating current equipment to better, more functional areas that allow good access and ‘free flowing’ play.

Within the Broadstone ward are two sites that were considered suitable for, and would benefit from improvement:

Springdale Recreation Ground

Broadstone Recreation Ground

Both sites were assessed by appropriate Borough of Poole officers, and the comments of the relevant play inspectors taken into account with regard to the expected lifespan, ‘functionality’ and ease of repair of each piece of equipped play.

Broadstone Recreation Ground

Improvements underway

Improvement works at Broadstone Rec play area started on 15th January and are progressing well, despite the weather-related challenges! The new helter skelter slide is installed and we are currently improving the footpath and regrading to remove the step slope within the space. We will then pressure wash all the existing equipment and surfaces and repaint the swing frames. Thank you for your patience!

The new play area should be fully open in good time for the Easter holidays.

The old play area – issues

The main concern here was access and free flowing space. It was felt that access could be improved considerably by the relocation of the  gate and extension of the footpath. 

Not all items of equipped play complied with current safety guidelines due to their age so needed to be removed/replaced. The play area was set on several levels and ‘dash’ barriers segregated each piece of equipment. Barriers to moving play (e.g. swings) are an important safety consideration but ease of movement around play in general needed to be considered for both children and their carers. Improvements will provide great benefit, particularly to those users that are less able or have mobility problems.

It was also necessary to re-landscape some areas of the play area that harbour detritus and detract from a natural feel. Some retaining brickwork had been constructed on top of timber sleepers that were showing signs of decay and we are re-designing these areas.

Springdale Recreation Ground

Work completed November 2017

Thank you for your patience! It has been a challenging project dealing with poor weather and drainage issues. We really hope you enjoy the improvements!

The Works

The play equipment at Springdale Rec was considered to be in relatively good functional condition and not in need of replacement, however the relocation of some equipment was seen as a priority due to poor drainage, to ensure better use of the play area in all weathers.

The project has included the installation of a new natural play space that has been designed specifically for toddlers.

Existing play equipment has been enhanced by maintenance work; predominantly stripping and repainting.

Two of the three heavy spring-loaded gates in the perimeter fencing (one of which is permanently locked) have been replaced with lighter-weight self closing gates. Work to replace ‘loose crumb’ material within the safety surfacing will reduce maintenance time and therefore cost.

Some works had previously been undertaken to drain the surrounding areas and a footpath installed to improve access.

Within the wider Springdale Recreation Ground evidence of dens and drinking was found among the trees and shrubs that border residents property and some management works had already been undertaken. Continuing this management is likely to remove any future risk of nuisance to neighbours, whilst encouraging greater passive surveillance of the site. Property boundaries are secure and management would not compromise security.

Broadstone Rec play area

Charborough Road
Poole BH18 8NE

Springdale play area

Lewesdon Drive
Poole BH18 9HF

Project details

Budget £40,270
Funding Planning Obligations (Broadstone Ward)
Project Leader Karl Stokes
T. 01202 261700

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