£100K Welwyn Garden City park play equipment upgrade begins next week

PUBLISHED: 12:52 31 January 2019

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Brand new play equipment, including a proposed zipwire, play hut, and climbing frames, are due to be installed at a Welwyn Garden City park starting Monday February 4.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan LtdWelwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Renovations to the play area in Haldens Park, WGC, which aim to engage everyone from toddlers to teens, will start with the removal of the old equipment over the next few weeks.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has warned that there may be a delay of a week or so between the removal of the old equipment and the installation of the new, and that it will not be ready in time for half term, but it is all planned for completion in early March.

The process of upgrading the play equipment began its first phase last summer.

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The council worked with nearby residents during a consultation about what they wanted to see in the park and what would best suit the local environment.

The feedback then influenced the overall design.

The council believes that, as far as possible, children of all ages and abilities will be catered for.

Key changes include relocating the enclosed play area to the other side of the footpath, which allows for more equipment aimed at the toddler and junior age groups.

Equipment has also been introduced for slightly older children and teenagers.

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan LtdWelwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Cllr Stephen Boulton, executive member for environment, said: “The local community was instrumental in helping shape the new look of this much-loved local play area, and we want to say a big thank you to everyone who gave feedback and got involved in the process.

“Unfortunately with the way the dates have fallen, the play area won’t be open for half term.

“However, we want to take the time to make sure that it’s as good as it can be and I thank everyone in advance for their patience.”

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan LtdWelwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Welwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan LtdWelwyn Hatfield Council has released plans for the renovation of Haldens Park. Picture: WHBC/Kompan Ltd

Burnt Haldens play equipment after a 2015 arson attack. Picture: Kevin LinesBurnt Haldens play equipment after a 2015 arson attack. Picture: Kevin Lines

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