Public meeting to launch plans for play equipment in Northampton park

Plan of Eastfield Park
Plan of Eastfield Park

Northampton residents have been invited to get involved in the beginning of a public consultation for new children’s play equipment in a park in the town.

The Friends of Eastfield Park have organised the meeting with residents and borough council members to discuss possibilities for the park’s future, including a new children’s play area and new floral gardens, as well as litter-picking and tree-maintenance sessions.

Chairman of the Friends, and former environmental science lecturer in Northampton, Dr Vic Smith, said: “Lots of residents have talked to us about different things they would like to see happen in the park, such as extra paths going through it and playing equipment for children.

“During this consultation we would like to get as many people involved as possible to come together with ideas about what type of equipment they want to see, where to put it, and how to secure funding for it.

“This will be the beginning of a year-long public consultation. We would hope to have a full plan completed by the end of the year, ready to have the equipment in the park by 2016.”

Attending the meeting, which will be held on Monday, February 16, at the Broadmead Baptist Church in Eastfield, will be the parks newly formed management committee, which includes members from Northampton Borough Council and nearby residents’ associations.

The Friends will also take the opportunity to look further into the improving drainage issues in the park, which lead to wet ground and low water levels in the lake and four small ponds.

Dr Smith said: “We have made a lot of changes happen in the park in recent years, including the building of the path that cuts all the way through the park, improvements to the entrances, and play and sporting facilities last year.

“Now we want to develop further and encourage as many people as possible to support us - not just to get involved with the planting and litter-picking, but also people who would be happy sitting behind a computer, helping us to search for funding possibilities and make applications.”

The meeting will begin at 7.30pm with a talk by Dr Smith entitled ‘Eastfield Park: The Future’. There will then be refreshments and informal discussions, followed by a short AGM.

For further information about Eastfield Park and work being done by the Friends, visit their website at www.foep.eastfieldward.co.uk or visit their Facebook page: Friends of Eastfield Park.