BRIDGWATER NEWS: Work starts on Bower Ponds Park Improvements

BRIDGWATER NEWS: Work starts on Bower Ponds Park Improvements

REFURBISHMENT works costing around £70,000 at the Bower Ponds Park in Bridgwater are to get underway on Tuesday (October 23, 2018).

The project has been jointly funded by Sedgemoor District Council, LiveWest and Bridgwater Town Council.

There will be a new activity trail assault course and outdoor gym (fitness area) that will be aimed at juniors and youths. These facilities came out as the most desired during the consultation event held in June, where more than 40 families took part. The assault course will promote balance, climbing and swinging, as well as general fitness.

In addition to this, there will be outdoor gym equipment installed and the current toddler area will have most of its equipment replaced with new, consisting of a trampoline, climbing frame with slide and varying swing types.

The front access to the site will also be widened making it accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. The tarmac pathway will be extended to make the park more accessible all year round and provide the opportunity for runners to include the park into their journey; making use of the outdoor gym equipment and assault course en route. Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings Team have been carrying out extensive tree works in preparation and will be providing new benches in the near future.

Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Cllr Duncan McGinty, said: “I am pleased to see the work commence on refreshing the facilities at this much loved local park and join with LiveWest and the town council in thanking residents for sharing with us your thoughts on how best to improve the park at the consultation event in June. I hope you enjoy the new facilities.”

A representative from LiveWest commented:  “LiveWest is delighted to work with Sedgemoor District Council, to support the Bower Ponds Park in the exciting refurbishment project.

“We know that this is an important nature reserve and recreation park for all ages and will help to bring pleasure to LiveWest residents and the wider community for many years to come.”

A town council spokesman added: “We are pleased to support the refurb and upgrade project and have contributed £2,000 through the ward grant scheme courtesy of Cllrs Granter, Glassford and Cresswell of the Fairfax Ward.”

PHOTO - TOP: A piece of  outdoor gym equipment - for illustrative purposes only.