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Play area closures for refurbishment

Big improvements and installation of new equipment will require the children's play areas at Central Park and Garfits Lane to be closed for a short period.

The play area in Central Park will close for three weeks from Monday, June 1, and Garfits Lane play area will also be out of action for three weeks from Wednesday, May 27.

Central Park is to get a £40,000 refit to include new safety surfaces and new play equipment such as a roundabout, seesaw, multiplay unit, donkey springer ride, dual axis roundabout and two play panels. 

There will also be resurfacing of pathways and play perimeter areas and, for older children, a Gooseneck basketball area with Tarmac base.

Garfits Lane is to receive a new climbing frame for older children, a roundabout, stepping stones, balance beam, basket swing, a zip wire, cradle swings, a roundabout with wheelchair access, a play unit, spring rides including one which can take up to six children and a picnic bench and table.

During the closures play equipment can still be used at Burgess Pit, Woodville Road, Shelton's Field and St John's Park. The grassed areas at Central Park and Garfits Lane will still be available.

WREN (Waste Recycling Environmental Limited), Boston Big Local and Boston Borough Council are funding the Central Park improvements and WREN and the council are funding the Garfits Lane project.

BTAC (Boston Town Area Committee) will fund planned improvements to St John's, Burgess Pit, Shelton's Field and Woodville Road play areas.

In total £173,000 will be spent on improvements.

And watch out for more information soon about great summer beach days in Central Park organised by the council and Transported Art.

The Boston Big Local Resident Partnership plan for 2015 - 2017 has been endorsed by Local Trust. Boston Big Local is one of 150 areas that have been awarded £1million to make a lasting and positive difference to their local community over ten years. 

Boston Big Local is to help fund two summer activity days when part of Central Park will be transformed into a beach. Tons of sand will be laid down for "seaside" fun, including sandcastle building competitions, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides, arts and crafts, face painting, beach volleyball and games.

The Boston Big Local Plan has been developed in consultation with residents from within the Central Boston Big Local area and addresses the four identified themes: Improving health and wellbeing, creating a more attractive environment, building community spirit and encouraging enterprise. 

Other  activities will include:

Boston Big Local Chairman Richard Tory said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for us to build on our many consultations with the local residents and put into practice their varied suggestions for ways to improve our area."