Have your say on play area in St Albans park

Verulamium Park

Verulamium Park - Credit: Archant

Families are being invited to have their say about the revamping of a popular children’s play area.

St Albans council is asking for suggestions from the public to help shape proposals for a new play area in Verulamium Park because the current one is coming to the end of its life.

Park users are being asked to make suggestions about where the new play area should be, the age group it should cater for and the types of equipment they would want installed.

The project could cost an estimated amount of £250,000 with £50,000 already set aside by the council to prime the pump, given by the developers of the new King Harry Park for local leisure amenities.

Cllr Daniel Chichester-Miles, the council’s portfolio holder for the environment, said: “We want to create something really special in the district’s flagship park.

“I’m certain families across the district will have ideas of what they’d love to see in place of the play equipment we currently have.

“This consultation is the first step to understanding what the community wants and it shows our commitment to making this a grassroots’ project.”

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The final cost of the project will need to match the amount that is available from further council funds or community fundraising.

They will require various permissions because of the parks status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument of Roman Verulamium.

The council hops that the detailed proposals for the new playground will be agreed by autumn this year.

Public consultation will run until Sunday, June 19, and to complete a short online survey click here. Comments can also be sent by email to greenspaces@stalbans.gov.uk, or by post to Community Services, St Albans City and District Council, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Street, St Albans. Herts. AL1 3JE.