Improvements to be made to city play areas and opens spaces with a £1.2m investment

This is part of a package of investments for the future of the city

Earlier this year, Southampton City Council announced an exciting package of investments for the future of the city within its budget.

As part of its commitment to improve play areas and green spaces across the city, £690,000 has been set aside to refurbish 17 play areas, and a further £510,000 for general improvements to open spaces.

Councillor Steve Leggett, Cabinet Member for Green City and Place comments: “The investment in our play areas and green spaces across the city shows our commitment in being a child friendly city and a safe, inclusive and friendly environment for everyone to enjoy. We know just how important it is for children to have access to stimulating outdoor play areas and we’ll be working with our local communities and ‘Friends of’ groups on the design to develop ideas for the benefit of our local communities”.

Our parks and open spaces are an important asset for Southampton. They bring many health and wellbeing benefits, for children and adults alike. I look forward to seeing the refurbishments and improvements made to some of the city’s popular play areas and green spaces and hope they will be used and enjoyed by children, families and visitors alike for many years to come."

Protecting and enhancing the natural environment is just one of the goals set out in the Green City Plan. Green spaces not only provide residents and visitors a space to enjoy, but the trees and wildflowers growing across the city provides a natural environment for local wildlife to thrive.

Work to refurbish, improve and maintain a selection of the city’s play areas and open spaces is already underway, with the whole programme due to complete in 2022.

In recent years Southampton City Council has renovated play areas at Mayfield, at Mansel Park in Millbrook, built a popular new play area at the Common, and regenerated Blechynden Gardens near Southampton Central Station.

The 17 play areas to benefit from refurbishments have been identified based on the greatest need

  • Pat Bear Close Play Area 
  • Daisy Dip Play Area 
  • Ivy Dene Play Area 
  • Bracklesham Close Play Area 
  • Millbrook Rec Play Area 
  • Rozel Court Play Area 
  • Rockall Close Play Area 
  • Masefield Green Play Area 
  • Lowry Gardens Play Area 
  • Andromeda Road Play Area 
  • Sandhurst Road Play Area 
  • Watts Close Play Area 
  • Aldermoor Green Play Area 
  • Macloud Way Play Area 
  • Kent Street Play Area 
  • Peartree Green Play Area 
  • Ashurst Close Play Area