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£100,000 for outdoor leisure improvements

Outdoor leisure facility improvements in Boston costing around £100,000 have been approved by Boston Borough Council's Cabinet.

The schedule of works has been drawn up by Boston Town Area Committee (BTAC) and includes improvements to public spaces across the town and to Central Park.

BTAC chairman, Cllr Nigel Welton, who is now also the town centre portfolio holder on the council Cabinet, told members that the essential works were listed after a BTAC tour of all public open spaces.

The zip wire, nest swing and criss cross rides and the body twist outdoor gym equipment in Central Park have already been repaired, and the council's own parks and grounds staff have repaired items in St John's Park, Shelton's Field and Woodville Road where surfacing under swings was funded by Boston Big Local. There have also been repairs to the nest swing in Garfit's Lane and repairs to the Garfit's Lane changing rooms.

Planting has already taken place under trees in Woodville Road playing field of 9,000 snowdrops and bluebells, courtesy of Boston in Bloom which received bulbs and seeds worth £1,000 from Boston Seeds.

There are plans to plant more early-season bulbs, snowdrops and bluebells at other sites next autumn.

Two bug hotels, designed and made by Boston College students and donated to Boston in Bloom, will be made available for Broadfield Lane and the Central Park growing space

New projects costing £91,286 will include new swings, plus a swing for those with disabilities, in Central Park, part-funded by Boston Big Local,  and new goal posts, rubbish bins, a slide, extended path to the swing and roundabout area, new roundabout, fitness equipment and a multi-use games area on the tennis court site.

Local Hope has fundraised £10,000 towards a disabled swing for Central Park.

St John's Park will get a basket ball hoop and surfacing and a new rubbish bin. Garfit's Lane is to receive a multi-use games area and two new dog waste bins. Burgess Pit will get a new see-saw, two springer rides and surfacing to the basket ball area. Woodville Road and Shelton's Field will each get a new roundabout.

There will also be landscaping works costing £8,910: Expansion of the existing orchard and wildflower area in the St John's Play area and Burgess Pit and creation of orchards and wildflower areas in Garfit's Lane, Woodville Road and Shelton's Field.

Broadfield Lane will have an expansion of its existing orchard and wildflower area and creation of a hedgehog-friendly grass margin around the field edge.

Central Park will see an extension of the Birch avenue at the Tawney Street entrance, a pollinator-friendly garden near the sub-station and shade-loving plants to the nature area near the tennis courts. There will be ground cover planting at Pilgrim Patch alongside John Adams Way.

Cllr Welton said the naturalised planting already completed had been well received by the public.

The work will take place during the current financial year, except for work in Central Park which will take place during the 2018/19 financial year.