Valley Road Park in Sherwood set for another £90k revamp
UP to £90,000 looks set to be spent on a park next to the city's ring road.
Valley Road Park, in Sherwood, has already seen considerable investment with a new skate-park, multi-use games area, outdoor gym and pétanque courts installed in the last two years.
But environmental group Groundwork Greater Nottingham is still trying to find around £40,000 to relocate the existing play area, currently behind the Five Ways pub.
It is also intended that the area around the Day Brook river in the park is improved.
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This will include work to encourage more wildlife to the area, improve the water quality and minimise the risk of flooding.
A report to Nottingham City Council said: "Valley Road Park provides a valuable and accessible recreation corridor with high potential."
Moving the play area would bring it closer to other facilities, making it safer for users.
Groundwork Greater Nottingham have already secured £18,000 of the funding for this.
A further £50,000 will be required for the Day Brook river project. Councillor Jane Urquhart said: "We have been working with the Environment Agency and Groundwork for some time along Valley Road and the Day Brook.
"This means the environment has already improved, more people are using the park and the risk of flooding has also reduced, but there's further work to be done.
"We are continuing to work with Groundwork on more ideas in terms of biodiversity and play facilities."
Residents attended a consultation event about improvements to the park last October.
One resident, who asked not to be named, raised concerns about the location of the park.
"What worries me is the park is on a big main road and there's nothing to stop children wandering out of the park on to the road," she said.
"Cars travel very fast and it just seems like an accident waiting to happen.
"Personally I'd prefer to see them develop a park in a safer area."