An extensive redevelopment of St Anne’s Field in the Newtown area of Chester is under way – with the aim of making the park a focal point for the local community.
Cheshire West and Chester Council is using funding provided by developers of recent schemes in the area, for the transformation.
Plans include a new ball court, new play equipment, new paths dressed in pink stone, ‘green’ gym equipment, extensive landscaping, red sandstone boulders and new seats, picnic tables and waste bins.
Extensive consultation has taken place with local residents and children from the local youth club on the park’s design. The work will be finished in July to coincide with the start of school summer holidays.
Cllr Stuart Parker, executive member for culture and economy, said: “The new park will have something for everyone and a great deal of planning has taken place.
“Local artist David Cotterell has been working with residents and children on the park’s design and the new-look green space will be unveiled in the summer.”
Cllr Samantha Dixon said: “The aim of this important transformation is to bring together all the people who live around St Anne’s Fields. Young and old, we want this park to contribute to everyone’s well-being.
“The play areas are for infants, children and young people as well as providing gym equipment for adults. Regardless of age, it’s important that everyone has the opportunity to enjoy the park and improve their health and well-being.
“The park will be closed from now until work is complete in July. I am grateful to everyone in Newtown who has given their time to work on the plans and I’m very pleased the Section 106 funding from local developments is being used to improve St Anne’s Playing Field for the whole community.”
The red sandstone boulders, to be located throughout the park will not only be strong, visual features, but will also act as informal seating.
They will also provide a local connection to the red sandstone of Chester and the previous sandstone quarry of nearby Delamere Street.
Ron Graves, chairman of Newtown Residents Association, said: “All residents are looking forward to the park reopening in the summer and I am sure that it will be extremely popular.”
The all-weather surface on the new ball court will provide a base for a wide range of activities including football and basketball.
Play features will include four bay swings, a cantilever swing, climbing structures and slides.
Mature specimen trees and a perimeter hedge will be planted and hardy and low maintenance shrub planting will also provide seasonal interest.