Councillors have agreed to spend a six-figure sum on refurbishing the three play zones at Decoy Country Park, Teignbridge’s most established Green Flag Park.
The cost of the refurbishment will be funded by the Community Infrastructure Levy and S106 funds gained through the planning process.
The decision is in line with the council’s commitment to provide high-quality facilities on the community’s doorstep and so reduce the need for travel for recreational activities.
Decoy play area is one of the most popular play areas in the District, attracting over 500,000 visitors a year. With over 13 years of continuous usage, much of the play equipment needs to be replaced and so the plan is to refurbish the facilities, to reinstate the trim/play trail, create eight new timber fitness stations, increase seating and improve the reliability of the water play feature.
Procurement for the work will be undertaken in the coming weeks. The aim is to complete the refurbishment for the summer, ensuring the provision of an updated exciting facility which maintains Decoy Park as a popular outdoor attraction.
Portfolio Holder for Sport, Recreation and Culture Cllr Andrew MacGregor said: “With more than half a million people using the park annually it makes sense from a financial and leisure perspective to invest in these fantastic facilities.
“I am delighted that councillors have supported this plan. Procurement will ensure we secure the best value for the refurbishment and by using funds secured through the planning process local people will not be funding this through their council tax.”
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