Town Council plans exciting play destination

Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council has revealed big ambitions to develop the play area at Sutton Park Town Gate and create an adventurous destination for the town’s younger residents.

The plans are in three stages:

  1. This phase could include the development of eye-catching, adventurous equipment such as tall towers, slides climbing ropes, ‘communal swings’ and a possible aerial zip wire. These additions would be made within the boundaries of the current site.
  2. A second phase would see modifications to the brook next to the play area. This would include removing some of the bank, adding large boulders and slowing the flow in parts to create small pools of water. A trim trail would also be added.
  3. A third phase could include a re-engineering of the landscape to produce a ‘splash area’.

Leader of the Council Cllr Simon Ward commented: “We are committed to improving play areas in the town and these discussions come as we are progressing exciting plans for improvements to play areas at Princess Alice Drive, Calder Drive, Withy Hill and Mere Green.

“While we do not own Sutton Park it is critical that we have a voice as Birmingham City Council works on a long term plan for the park. We are excited to take the next steps on plans for the Town Gate site and develop something that is used by families from all over the town.”

The location for the expanded play area is outside of the defined Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSI).

The Amenities, Leisure & Community Services Committee has agreed to commission the Birmingham City Council Landscape Practice Group (LPG) to carry out feasibility work.


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