Ship Ahoy for Arthur Newbery Park

ARTHUR Newbery Park, one of Reading’s oldest parks in west Reading, has benefited from a spring clean and a revamp, including the arrival of a giant pirate ship.

The climbing frame ship has been installed in the sand area of the play park and the existing play equipment has undergone a thorough spring clean.

The hard standing area has been extended within the playground, the old wooden seating area has been replaced with new furniture made from recycled materials, new bins have been added and new picnic tables have been placed around the play area.

Two new seats and three benches have been installed elsewhere in the park after local people requested additional seating.

Future plans include improving access to the park around the Armour Hill and Oak Tree Road entrances.

Arthur Newbery Park was awarded £51,600 for improvements at the council’s Housing, Neighbourhoods and Leisure Committee in November 2015 as part of an overall package of £348,500 for improving recreational areas across the borough.

Cllr Paul Gittings, Reading’s Lead Member for Culture, Sport and Consumer Services, said: “We want residents of all ages to enjoy and to benefit from using our open spaces, and I hope the improvements at Arthur Newbery Park, including this fantastic pirate ship I’m certain the local children will love, will encourage many more to do so.”

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Notes for Editors:

Photo opportunity with Cllr Paul Gittings by the Pirate Ship on Tuesday 23rd August at 10am at Arthur Newbery Park, Amour Hill, Tilehurst, Reading, RG31 6JP.

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