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Consultations launched on Rokeby and Whinfield Rec revamps

RESIDENTS can have a say on the masterplans for major revamps of Rugby's Rokeby Open Space and Whinfield Recreation Ground.

Whinfield Rec revamp
Chris Worman, Rugby Borough Council's parks and grounds manager, and Cllr Howard Roberts, portfolio holder for environment and public realm, review the masterplan for the revamp of Whinfield Rec's play area. Published Monday, 2nd March 2020

Following public consultations in the summer, Rugby Borough Council has now published masterplans for both popular parks and now wants to hear residents' views before pushing ahead with the refurbishment projects.

Plans for Whinfield Recreation Ground include an expanded play area with new equipment, play surfacing and the addition of a sand pit. The park's MUGA (multi-use games area) has been earmarked for resurfacing, together with the installation of new wall panels.

The council has also secured funding from Fields in Trust to improve the park's pathways, combating flooding which frequently poses problems during spells of wet weather.

And subject to securing external funding, the council wants to create and improve paths through Whinfield Wood, linking the wood with both the recreation ground and Whinfield Cemetery.

The masterplan for Rokeby Open Space proposes switching the location of the play area from the east of the site to the west, with the current location transformed into a 'no mow' meadow for wildlife conservation.

An expanded new play area promises to provide a host of play equipment and open space for ball games, while a new MUGA could be complemented by the addition of an outdoor gym.

The Rokeby revamp also includes new pathways and landscaping, including the planting of trees and hedgerows.

The public consultations on both masterplans run until 5pm on Thursday 26 March.

Residents can have a say on the plans online at www.rugby.gov.uk/consultation  

Cllr Howard Roberts, Rugby Borough Council portfolio holder for environment and public realm, said: "The masterplans for both Rokeby and Whinfield have benefited from the input of residents during the consultation in the summer, so now we want feedback on the proposed refurbishments before pushing ahead with finalising the plans.

"By working together, we aim to tailor Rugby's parks and open spaces to the needs of our communities while creating sustainable environments for wildlife to thrive."

The council hopes to start work on both refurbishment projects before the end of the year.

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