There are play areas in both parks for small children including swings, slides and climbing frames. These areas are maintained and inspected by the Council contractors idverde on a regular basis.
The Friends help with planting, weeding & litter picking of the areas.

Both areas are cordoned-off with park railings and delineated as dog free areas to help keep them as attractive play spaces and as hygienic and as non-threatening as possible.

The paddling pool in Alexandra Recreation Ground was cleaned, drained and re-filled on a daily basis each summer until 2019.

A review was undertaken by the Parks & Greenspaces Borough Manager and Councillor Huntington-Thresher, Portfolio Holder for Environment and Community Services in conjunction with idverde the parks service contractors.

They have advised that it is not possible or cost effective to repair the paddling pool this year (2021). The likely cost of repair of the existing facility would exceed £30,000, with no guarantee of the repair holding for future seasons. Therefore, the Council has decided not to repair the existing facility. Instead, the Council wishes to explore options with idverde and the Friends, to utilise funds to secure a more cost-effective solution for the paddling pool site.

We are liasing with idverde to make safe the area for use as a picnic area in the immediate term.

In the meantime, we ask that you please treat it with respect: it is not designed as a skate-board area nor should bicycles or scooters be used on its surface.

We are asking everyone using these areas to be mindful of litter and either take it home for recycling or use the litter-bins provided.



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