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Work on the £7m new King George’s Playing Fields scheme in Brentwood that will include a new pavilion, splash pad, café, changing facilities and sensory room is underway with the adventure play area and splash pad set to be completed by late summer.
Brentwood Borough Council leader, Cllr Chris Hossack said: “We promised our residents that the historic King George’s Playing Fields would be brought up to date with new and innovative play areas for all, and this is what we are doing.
“The scheme has started and the facilities that will be available offer something for everyone with the splash pad a particular favourite for all those who enjoyed the old paddling pools.
“This is a much-loved park and our residents and visitors speak of King George’s Playing Fields with great fondness across all generations. Many have played there themselves and now enjoy spending time there with their grandchildren.
“This year has really brought into focus how vital this scheme is to the well being and mental health of us all. The renovation was very much needed so I am pleased to see these ambitious plans are now coming to fruition.”
The new pavilion will offer the ability for flexible space depending on the sports and use required and special attention has been taken to ensure changing facilities and a sensory room are included. The scheme is being undertaken by Alliance Leisure as the council’s leisure development partner with contractor ISG to deliver the new pavilion building, soft play centre and TAGactive arena this year.
Ruth Ripsher, business development manager at Alliance Leisure, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this exciting project. There is an ever-growing importance in parks and green spaces to the health and wellbeing of local communities.
“This development will see an investment in local spaces for local residents resulting in new and improved facilities.”
Cllr Hossack added; “King George’s Playing Fields will be the jewel in the crown for the borough’s play areas and open spaces and follows the refurbishment of our play areas over the last few years under our leisure strategy.
“We are committed to making sure families can access safe and fun outdoor spaces which, as the last year has proved, are so vital to all our health and wellbeing. I am delighted that Alliance Leisure has come up with such an accessible, friendly and diverse scheme and look forward to seeing it come to fruition over the coming months.”