There is a lot happening to improve parks & green spaces in St George this summer.
The work is aimed at addressing priorities set in the St George Neighbourhood Plan. Some of this has been funded directly by Bristol Parks and some through grants raised by park groups with the support of St George NP.
Path – The entrance at the Speedwell Road was improved earlier in the year and work is now underway to upgrade the narrow and cracking footpath that leads across the space. This is being funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.
Play Area – Working with a fundraiser paid for by St George NP, Meadow Vale Community Association have raised funding for a new play area, work on this will start shortly.
Following the tree planting, new entrance and new bench that were installed in the spring, further works are planned to improve the paths later in the summer. This is being funded from Bristol Parks Access Fund.
St George NP allocated Section 106 money to remove the redundant safety surfacing in this space (from an old play area) and this has now been done along with work funded by the Bristol Parks Access Fund to improve the paths across the space.
Friends of Gladstone Street Park are planning events and more improvements for the future.
With match funding from St George NP and the help of our fundraiser, Friends of Dundridge Park have raised funds for three projects in the park. A new path is now in place to the play area and work is about to start on the ‘Path to Nature’ to link the pavilion area to the woodland path to Conham. The plans for the expanded play area are also now in place with work due to start in the Autumn.
For the latest news from Dundridge Park see their facebook group.
Play Area – Work is currently in progress to replace the safety surfacing – unfortunately this is taking longer than expected due to the Dragon head needing to be rebuilt and parts that are needed taking a longer time to arrive than expected. The current date for completion of this work is
29th July 3rd August. This work is being funded by Bristol Parks Play fund and is part of a programme of work to address issues at play areas throughout Bristol.
Update from Bristol Parks 28th July:
Further delays are being experienced due to the wet weather: – With the replacement safety surfacing being a ‘carpet based’ surface and this requiring bonding with a special adapted iron on site, wet weather has caused a delay, as we can only lay this safety surfacing in dry weather. We are hopeful that all the swings will be available from Friday 29th July but this is weather dependant. The Dragon’s Head will re-open next week but the seesaw and new spinner are still awaiting new parts to arrive. We expect the Seesaw parts to be with us by 15th August and the replacement spinner/roundabout parts to be with us at the start of September.
Lake – part of the path around the lake is currently fenced off due the wall at the edge of the lake collapsing and there are large voids under parts of the path. Further investigation works are planned for the next few weeks to establish the extent of the problem. The work to repair this will need the lake to be at least partly drained and so cannot be carried during the summer because of the disturbance to wildlife. Once the investigation works are complete Bristol Parks will put together a plan for the repair works.
Work on the new play area for Troopers Hill Field will start soon. Funding for this has been raised by Friends of Troopers Hill with match funding from St George NP. The NP has also given funding for a celebration event once the works are complete.
Full details of the project are at www.troopers-hill.org.uk/play
A full list of investment projects in parks across Bristol can be downloaded from the Bristol Parks Forum website.