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Councillor Rachel Madden at Swifts Park, Kirkby Woodhouse

It’s Playtime in Kirkby!

Almost half a million pounds has been committed to parks, play areas and open spaces across Kirkby in Ashfield.

Parks across Kirkby, Annesley and Kirkby Woodhouse have seen major improvements across 2021.

Cllr Jason Zadrozny, Leader of the Council, said:

“We love parks in Ashfield so we’re always striving for excellence when it comes to our play areas and open spaces. Our programme of work across the District is bringing much needed improvements to our communities.
“We’ve seen improvements in Kirkby and have worked our way through Sutton too, before we start further improvements in Hucknall late summer 2021.”

Residents have welcomed the improvements, especially children and young people who now have a wider variety and choice of play equipment on their doorsteps. Equipment such as new swings, large and small climbing units, inclusive roundabouts, springies and rotators, together with new landscaping have made a huge difference to the Council’s parks and open spaces.

One of the biggest projects to come to the area is Hornbeam Park. Located next to the Great Portland Park estate, a new open space and infrastructure is being completed by Vistry Homes Ltd. As part of the planning permission for building the housing, Section 106 funding of £177.9k was committed to the play area. Other improvements including tree and shrub planting together with wildflower seeding will also provide valuable habitat for wildlife. The new play and youth equipment have been installed by Ashfield District Council.

Kirkby’s Titchfield Park has received a complete £58.8k revamp of the play area. New junior units were installed to complement the existing equipment including new slides, various styles of swings, multi-level climbing frames and new inclusive equipment. New bins and signage have also been installed.

Ashfield District Council has consulted with residents in neighbourhoods across Kirkby to ensure the improvements create spaces to be enjoyed by the community.

Cllr Daniel Williamson, Local Councillor for Kirkby Cross and Portland, has welcomed the investment across his ward and surrounding areas.

“We are delighted that the play equipment has finally been upgraded at Titchfield Park in Kirkby, it was neglected for too long. I am glad to hear that our younger residents have been enjoying the new play area that they deserve.
“This year is Kirkby’s year! I’m incredibly proud of all the work that’s been happening across parks and open spaces in Kirkby, on top of the long-awaited leisure centre.”

Nuncargate Recreation Ground is the latest park to receive a facelift. Over £100k has been invested to replace the existing play area and install new units on the surrounding grass areas.

Residents of Kirkby Woodhouse have welcomed a major £73.4k makeover to Swifts Park, formerly known as Skegby Road Recreation Ground. New play and junior equipment, entrance improvements, new bins and new signage have all been added to the newly named park, as chosen by the local community.

Cllr Rachel Madden is delighted to see improvements being made in her Annesley and Kirkby Woodhouse ward. She said:

“Areas like Skegby Road and Nuncargate Recreation Ground have been patiently waiting their turn for investment so to see them now transformed is brilliant.
“Children of all ages have already been enjoying the new facilities so there’s no greater accolade you can give to a play area than that!”

New climbing units have been added to the play areas at both Kingsway Park and Glen View Park, off Warwick Close, providing new opportunities for play and social interactions.

Kirkby’s West Park has also seen major investment to the tune of £30k. A new multi-climb unit has been introduced for toddlers as well as new entrance signage, large-scale footpath resurfacing and a new lick of paint for the Forster Street entrance.

Holidays Hill Park has seen its swing seat replaced for the basket swing and new entrance signage erected. Morven Park welcomed new toddler and junior swings.