Sedgemoor District Council is pleased to announce that refurbishment works costing around £70,000 at Bower Ponds Park are due to commence on 23rd October 2018.

The project has been jointly funded by Sedgemoor District Council, LiveWest and Bridgwater Town Council as follows: 

  • £40,000 SDC’s RLT3 developer’s funds
  • £22,000 SDC’s Parks Development budget
  • £6,000 from LiveWest
  • £2,000 from Bridgwater Town Council

There will be a new activity trail assault course and outdoor gym (fitness area) that will be aimed at juniors and youths. These facilities came out as the most desired during the consultation event held in June, where more than forty families took part. The assault course will promote balance, climbing and swinging, as well as general fitness. In addition to this, there will be outdoor gym equipment installed and the current toddler area will have most of its equipment replaced with new, consisting of a trampoline, climbing frame with slide and varying swing types.

The front access to the site will also be widened making it accessible for both wheelchairs and pushchairs. The tarmac pathway will be extended to make the park more accessible all year round and provide the opportunity for runners to include the park into their journey; making use of the outdoor gym equipment and assault course en route. Sedgemoor’s Clean Surroundings Team have been carrying out extensive tree works in preparation and will be providing new benches in the near future.

Leader of Sedgemoor District Council, Councillor Duncan McGinty said “I am pleased to see the work commence on refreshing the facilities at this much loved local park and join with LiveWest and the Town Council in thanking residents for sharing with us your thoughts on how best to improve the park at the consultation event in June. I hope you enjoy the new facilities.

A representative from LiveWest commented:  “LiveWest are delighted to work with Sedgemoor District Council, to support the Bower Ponds Park in their exciting refurbishment project. We know that this is an important nature reserve and recreation park for all ages and will help to bring pleasure to LiveWest residents and the wider community for many years to come.”

Bridgwater Town Council also stated: “Bridgwater Town Council are pleased to support the refurb and upgrade project and have contributed £2000 through the ward grant scheme courtesy of Cllrs Granter, Glassford & Cresswell – Fairfax Ward.”

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