Second £330k water play revamp to make a splash in Pershore - The Evesham Observer

Second £330k water play revamp to make a splash in Pershore

Evesham Editorial 30th Jun, 2023   0

COUNCIL bosses have given the green light to a £330,000 revamp of the water play area in Pershore’s Abbey Park, the second such project in the past 12 months.

The scheme will replace the existing water play area which is outdated, having been installed more than 15 years ago.

It is also increasingly expensive to run, costing between £10,000 and £15,000 a year in maintenance costs alone, according to Wychavon District Council.

Work is expected to get underway in September and should be open by May next year. The final design is being worked up, but it will reflect the setting of the park.

Wychavon’s popular water play areas are coming to the end of their useful life and are in need of essential improvements and renovation.

Plans to replace the water play areas in Droitwich Spa and also in the pipeline by summer 2025.

Other planned work includes a new play area for St Richards Open Space in Evesham, improvements to Lawley Way Play Area in Droitwich Spa and a series of upgrades to footpaths and resurfacing in various locations.

It follows on from recent investments including a new embankment slide in Lido Park in Droitwich Spa and the installation of table tennis tables in Workman Gardens.

Pershore’s new lease of life comes hot on the heels of a revamp for Evesham’s ageing equipment – also in Abbey Park – which was replaced in April.

The water play area includes hydro blast jets, a water spider, a spray canon, an archway with jets and a water curtain.

There are also tipper buckets, an accessible wavy bridge and new seating amongst other things.

Many of those features are expected to feature in the new lease of life for Pershore’s play area which was approved by Wychavon’s executive board last Wednesday (June 21).

Coun Emma Stokes, executive board member for Resident and Customer Services, said: “We have high quality award-winning parks in Wychavon.”

“We know how much they are valued by our residents which is why we continue to invest in them.

“This project will create a modern, exciting site for users to enjoy and I look forward to sharing the design with residents when we have it.”

It is expected work to replace Droitwich Spa’s water play area in Lido Park will take place towards the end of next year.


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