Refurbishment of Portman Road playground complete

Exciting work to completely refurbish the children’s playground on Portman Road with brand new equipment has been completed.

Following an online public consultation in July 2021 on 4 shortlisted designs, Option 4 by HAGS won with 45% of the public vote.

The new mix of accessible equipment includes two inclusive multi-units and roundabout, a large basket swing, sensory activity panels for quieter play, a sensory path to navigate through the playground, brightly coloured floor graphics and upgraded seating.

The selection process also included consultation with the Council’s Accessible Play Task and Finish Group alongside a technical and value for money assessment.

The £94k investment means children of all ages and abilities can now benefit from a play area that suits their needs and follows a number of playground improvements made in 2021 by the Council.

A further £37k investment has been made to refurbish Portman Road’s multi-use games area (MUGA). The courts have been re-surfaced with new markings for basketball and 5-a-side football. Existing goal markings have been re-sprayed, two additional basketball hoops put up, and improvements made to the path accessing the games area. Council officers also cleared the courts of any over-hanging vegetation.