Have your say on exciting play park developments at Sconce and Devon Park

Posted on: Tuesday, March 14, 2023

Next week residents are invited to have their say on exciting plans for a new Castle-themed playground and Fitness Zone at Sconce and Devon Park.

From 12pm to 5pm, on Wednesday 22 March, the District Council are hosting a public consultation event and all residents are encouraged to attend and discuss upcoming plans for the Green Flag award-winning park.

The exciting proposed plans include a new Castle-themed play area park which would tie in with Newark’s Civil War history. The site will be an exciting new addition for children and their parents and carers to enjoy at the already popular park and a beneficial area for little ones to have fun in safe, and free, outdoor space.

A fantastic new Fitness Zone is also included in the plans. The development will be a free outdoor fitness facility for all visitors to use and will build upon the park’s existing popularity as a site for fitness and wellbeing activities, such as walking, park runs, or small personal training classes.

The consultation will allow residents to chat through plans with officers from the District Council and give the Council an opportunity to hear their thoughts about these proposals in order to shape the plans to best improve the local area with the residents at the heart of its decision.

If you are not available to attend the event, the survey is available online: www.smartsurvey.co.uk/s/SDplaypark/.

The plans for Sconce and Devon are part of Newark and Sherwood District Council's recently approved plan to modernise, develop and extend a number of the district’s park play areas and equipment, including inclusive play equipment for all ability users where possible to do so, during 2023 to a total cost of almost £350,000.

The development of the ten proposed play park sites will support the District Council’s ambition to be cleaner, safer and greener, with materials for the projects being sourced from recycled goods. Materials such as used textiles, food packaging waste, and used plastic bags for example will used in the improvements. This sustainable sourcing of materials was successfully implemented for the recent development of the community garden on the land adjacent to Newark Library, in which a number of features were built using recycled materials including new bin stores and bug hotels made from fly-tipped wood that had been cleared from illegally dumped waste around the district.

The consultation is being hosted by the District Council as part of its schedule for The Great British Spring Clean, a national clean-up campaign that encourages everyone, from councils and businesses to schools and residents, to work together to help keep local communities clean and litter free.

This year the District Council is taking its Great British Spring Clean a step further and bringing a significant number activities and events to the district in its bid to make Newark and Sherwood cleaner, safer and greener. In addition to the play park consultation, the District Council is hosting tree planting events, the opening of the community garden on the land next to Newark Library, a Day of Action in Balderton, and various community litter picking events.

Find out more about the Great British Spring Clean: https://www.newark-sherwooddc.gov.uk/latest-news/2023/february/the-great-british-spring-clean-is-returning/