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Plans announced for makeover of leisure sites in Crowland to include new skatepark and playgrounds




A £300,000 overhaul of play provision in Crowland is likely to start before the end of the year.

Crowland Parish Council has unveiled a six-stage project to transform play and leisure in the town.

The centrepiece will be the construction of a skatepark in the area of Snowden Field, alongside the redevelopment of a playground for young children at the former town allotments’ site in James Road.

PLAY TOWN: Jessica Horn (front left), of South Holland District Council’s communities team, joins families for Activate at Snowden Field, Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-080818-103SG
PLAY TOWN: Jessica Horn (front left), of South Holland District Council’s communities team, joins families for Activate at Snowden Field, Crowland. Photo (TIM WILSON): SG-080818-103SG

The site, now known as Abbey Farm has been replaced by a new, purpose-built site in James Road which opened in September.

An upgrade of Snowden Fields’ adventure playground, new outdoor gym equipment and multi-use games area are also part of the project.

In addition, ex-parish council chairman Coun David Ringham confirmed plans to modernise a sports hall at Crowland’s former St Guthlac’s School, now South View Community Primary School.

Coun Ringham said: “We’ve been working on this project for some time, particularly the skate park element of it.

PLAY TOWN: Parish councillors Bryan Alcock, Peter Haselgrove, Reg Boot and David Ringham at the new allotment site in Crowland. Photo by Tim Wilson. 020818139SG
PLAY TOWN: Parish councillors Bryan Alcock, Peter Haselgrove, Reg Boot and David Ringham at the new allotment site in Crowland. Photo by Tim Wilson. 020818139SG

“But the process takes so long and we thought it would be a good idea to make the project public so that people know what’s happening and what’s going to happen.

“The funding is the most important part of it and we’ve been fortunate enough to get some of that through the expansion of housing supply that’s going on in Crowland.

“We weren’t able to do that before as the education and health needs of Crowland have taken priority.

“But we want to start putting a spade in the ground for some of the projects before the end of the year and into the early part of next year.”

Families in Crowland were given an exciting taster of the plans ahead last summer when a mobile skate park was set up at Snowden Field, drawing dozens of youngsters to the site.

In August, Snowden Field hosted an “Activate” day, run by South Holland District Council, that included a climbing wall, rowing machines, arts and crafts activities.

Coun Ringham said: “I’m determined the project will happen and there are other things in the pipeline as well.”



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