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Harpenden play park to ‘meet the needs of all age groups’

PUBLISHED: 11:00 22 February 2019 | UPDATED: 12:09 22 February 2019

The existing play equipment in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARC

The existing play equipment in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARC

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A project is underway to build a new play area at Rothamsted Park in Harpenden.

Plans are underway to build a new play area in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARCPlans are underway to build a new play area in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARC

Harpenden West Ward Cllr Matt Stephens formed the group PARC (Playpark Action Rothamsted Committee) last year, aiming to create a new play area for the town.

Committee member Rod Cooley said: “The present play equipment is worn, dilapidated and nearing end of life.

“Our charity members are all volunteers and the purpose of our charity is to replace the old dilapidated play area in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden, with an exciting new one.

“We are consulting with the Harpenden community to develop designs that are inclusive and meet the needs of all age groups.”

Plans are underway to build a new play area in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARCPlans are underway to build a new play area in Rothamsted Park, Harpenden. Picture: PARC

Last year PARC distributed a questionnaire to Harpenden residents, asking them what equipment and facilities they would like to see included in the design.

The group then estimated that approximately £250,000 would be required to deliver the project.

Committee member Gillian Griffiths said: “We want to create a playpark that the community can be proud of.

“We are passionate about building a flagship playpark where our children and grandchildren want to go - with equipment that is exciting, challenging and caters for all.”

Further fundraising events are in the pipeline, and will be announced in the coming months.

This is part of a larger project to regenerate leisure and culture facilities in Rothamsted Park.

Work will begin on the project in spring, transforming the Harpenden swimming pool site, creating a new arts and cultural centre and replacing outdated play area equipment.

The swimming pool site will be turned into a leisure centre for a variety of sports and activities, containing a swimming pool, a larger learner pool, a new gym with more machine stations and a new sports hall and café.

Meanwhile, the existing sports centre will become an arts and culture centre with a museum and display area dedicated to Harpenden’s historic past, as well as a theatre, additional function rooms and a bar and refreshments area.

Text 70085 to donate, texting ‘PLAYPARK’ to donate £20, or PLAYPARK 30 to donate £30 or any other specified amount.

To donate online go to www.parkaid.org

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