Works starts on upgrades to Bedford Park’s play area

How the new play area at Bedford Park should look.
How the new play area at Bedford Park should look.

An upgrade of Bedford Park’s play area has started, with the Mayor saying it will create a “really exciting and inclusive play area”.

A range of new fairytale-themed equipment is being installed including play units, a seesaw, roundabout, trampoline and swings.

This new play equipment will include a toddler and junior zone and a magical enchanted forest area, plus inclusive items and improvements to support accessibility.

There will also be a new sensory picnic area, with accessible benches and sensory play features.

The play area will need to be closed during the works so they can be delivered safely and efficiently. It’s expected they’ll be complete by the end of July.

Mayor Dave Hodgson said “This will be a really exciting and inclusive play area at Bedford Park. Play is a really important part of a child’s development, and fun in the park or in the local playground with family and friends form part of really happy memories for so many of us.

“I am looking forward to work being completed, and there still being plenty of the summer holidays left for children and families to get out and get playing.”

This project is one of a number of play area improvements as part of Bedford Borough Council’s £500,000 taking place this summer.

Improvements have already been completed at Fairhill playground by Sainsbury’s and some are ongoing at Balliol Road. There are also plans for improvements at Jubilee Park.

An inclusive and accessible outdoor play area in Russell Park, created in partnership with the Bedford Borough Parent Carer Forum, will also open in July.

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