Local Labour councillors, the Friends of Frecheville park and residents have secured £131,000 pounds to increase the use of Frecheville Park with the aim of improving public health outcomes.
The improvements will return the disused courts to public access; provide a scoot track for young children, a seating area for park users and an informal natural area. The funding will also improve the dated playground creating a more inspiring place. The improvements will be great for wildlife retaining or replacing areas of lost biodiversity within the park.
As a result of the improvements a significant proportion of the small and busy park will be returned to public access. The seating area will create a safe space separate to sports and play activities as well as providing views over Frecheville pond. The scoot track will provide an activity area for younger children who were identified as in most need of better play provision.
The overall ecological value of the park will be retained and extended to other areas of the park and a path will allow public access and an opportunity to explore the more natural and informal area. The new play equipment will rejuvenate the playground which will encourage more visits by local people whilst providing a balance of provision for all age groups.
Cllr Denise Fox, Labour Councillor for Birley Ward said:
‘We have been working with the residents and the Friends of Frecheville Park and Pond group for a long time to improve Frecheville Park & Pond. We are delighted to see that money has been allocated to develop the area for all users whilst improving the environmental habitats across the park.