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.