Magic roundabout in playpark revamp

11 June 2019 

Children in Newport will be able to get bouncing, swinging and climbing in their revamped playpark thanks to a £50,000 investment from Sovereign Housing Association.

Work began on 28 May 2019 to install a springer seesaw, multiplay unit with slide, scramble net, balance board, fireman’s pole, play panels, and an accessible roundabout! New fences and safety gates were also installed earlier this year at the request of residents, who wanted to make the park safer.

Brought about by the Sovereign resident led Nelson Road Park Community Project, those who live in the area will now have park that caters for all, even those who just want to sit and watch the fun on brand new picnic tables and benches.

Sue Pearce, Chair of the Project, said: “When we founded our project in November 2017 we decided that our primary aim was to improve the park for residents nearby. We held a big event last year and started loads of conversations, getting 300 comments on what people wanted to see in the renovated park.

“Now we’re seeing that spring into life and I think we can look forward to it being a real heart of the community that will bring people together. It really is an inclusive park for all. I have to say a big thank you to the project members for making this happen, it was a real group effort!”

Becky Haydock, Sovereign Community Engagement Officer, said: “This is only stage one of the group’s master plan. They’re also fundraising for equipment for older children and teenagers, setting up a Community Speedwatch and holding more community events, on top of keeping the area safe, clean and a happy place to live, work and play.

 “Working with the Nelson Road Community Park Project has been very rewarding. It’s wonderful to see such a motivated group realise their community’s vision.”

The play-park installation is being undertaken by Wicksteed, and an opening event will be held once works are complete.