Swinging by with £173k park refits

Some of the play area improvements
Some of the play area improvements

Work was set to start on £173,000 worth of improvements to Boston’s parks yesterday (Wednesday).

Garfits Lane and Central Park will both be closed for short periods over the next six weeks as works take place to make ‘big improvements and installation of new equipment’.

A council spokesman said: “This will be a big improvement for the parks/play areas of Boston and the surrounding villages, providing youngsters with a fresh, safe and cleaner environment in which to play.”

Central Park will get a £40,000 refit, starting on Monday, which will include new safety surfaces and new play equipment such as a roundabout, seesaw and donkey springer ride.

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

Garfits Lane, which will be closed from today, will get a new climbing frame for older children, a roundabout, stepping stones and balance beam.

Waste Recycling Environmental Limited (WREN), Boston Big Local and Boston Borough Council are funding the improvements, while Boston Town Area Committee(BTAC) will pay towards improvements in St John’s, Burgess Pit, Shelton’s Field and Woodville Road play areas.

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.

The improvements are set to pave the way for events including summer beach days organised by the council and Transported Art.

Boston Big Local will help fund the 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 s, Punch and Judy shows, donkey rides, arts and crafts, face painting, beach volleyball and games.