New play area for Ashley Down Green

July 04 2016

The final design for the new play area at Ashley Down Green has been released and work is due to start in early August.

Final Design

by Zuzana Pohloudkova 

 

The final design for the new play area at Ashley Down Green has been released and work is due to start in early August.

Significant changes were made to earlier draft designs in response to the feedback during the council’s recent consultation process. The majority of responses received by Bristol City Council favoured a more natural style of play equipment which encouraged both physical play and social interaction. Local resident, Val McLennan, said: “The plans are excellent. My grandchildren are too old for that now; we were promised a play area when we moved in nine years ago, but I'm delighted by the plans. It’s interactive and children will have to use muscles and energy.

“The whole area is very nice, but we would like to enhance it a little bit with wildflowers and a community orchard.”

The new play area includes multi-use items, such as the timber trail, which will suit a wide range of ages, along with more traditional equipment such as swings and a roundabout.

Raised mounds and rocks will be added which along with the existing slope will provide a more open-ended play space.

The Friends of Ashley Down Green ensured local views are represented to the council.

They said: “Equipment has been selected to reflect both the nature of this green space and also to provide a low impact and natural play area which is complementary to the homes and small woodland which border it.”

Ben Spencer is one of many residents who appreciate the park. He said: “We go here a fair amount with my child. It is a very nice and quiet park, away from traffic. It is going to be even better with the play area.”

Irina Tuchapska said: “I love to come here to relax after work. It is very peaceful and quiet. Not many people know about it. The play area is great for the children, but some people like it the way it is now.”

Bristol City Council have confirmed that all the equipment has been ordered and the provisional start date for work is August 8. The installation will be confirmed as soon as the final improvements to the Stoney Lane access from St Werburghs are completed.