Work to upgrade the children’s play area in Ninesprings, Yeovil Country Park, will begin on Monday 30th October.
The £220,000 refurbishment will see play equipment that has reached its end of life replaced with more inclusive and accessible equipment that offers greater play value. This includes a woodland and wildlife themed play structure, as voted for by the public during consultation last year.
The work will include the permanent removal of the now 20-year-old timber pirate ship structure which, due to its large footprint, will require a wide area of the park to undergo groundworks and landscaping. For this reason, it is essential that the area is closed to the public during this time.
The play area, adjacent parking area and path (New Lane) will be closed from 30th October and is expected to reopen in January 2024, once the works have been completed.
Somerset Council’s contractor Kompan will be carrying out the works, which have been funded by contributions from housing developers under the S106 Town and Country Planning Act and money promised to Ninesprings by the previous South Somerset District Council.
Councillor Tessa Munt, Executive Lead Member for Children, Families & Education at Somerset Council said:
I am delighted that we are able to give our popular play area the new equipment it needs, which will greatly improve accessibility, inclusivity, and play opportunities for children, ensuring everyone can enjoy the park, regardless of ability.
We have chosen to carry out the works off-season to minimise disruption. However I understand that the closure of the play area and car park will be inconvenient for some groups and families. I apologise and appreciate your patience during this time.
Steve Sylvester, Managing Director of Kompan UK, said:
Kompan is delighted to be working with Somerset Council to deliver the brand-new Ninesprings play area. The playground has been designed in harmony with its surroundings in Yeovil Country Park, with a nature-inspired theme that runs throughout.
The centrepiece being the treehouse-inspired multiplay unit that can be seen as you approach the playground.
The play equipment has been carefully selected to cater to the entire community, with emphasis on equal opportunities for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy themselves.