Delancey Park

Part of the project to regenerate the area, the new Delancey Park playground has been a success for all involved. 

Parents using the new Delancey Park playground are full of praise for it – but would like to see a fence and seating. The new facility is part of the regeneration project for the area.

Sue Sharman, 42, took children Fleur, five, and Jodie, two, to the park and thought it was a great improvement. ‘The children really like it’. She said there had been dog mess by the playground but two litter bins had been installed, which she hoped would help.

Kim Bougeard, 32, was with children Lauren, four, and Elisha, six. She said she had brought the children to the park most weeks since it had opened and said they loved it. There is a good selection of equipment for children of all ages.’

Mrs Bougeard and Mrs Sharman both felt that it would be good to have a fence around the playground to keep dogs out. They hoped somewhere to get coffee and ice cream could be provided and that improvements to the toilets could be made in another of the development phases.

Jim Wood, 40, brought children Isabelle, six, Henry, four, and Lilly, 10 months, to the park. ‘It is excellent,’ he said. ‘It is a real community point.’ Mr Wood also said he would like to see a fence around the outside of the playground. Isabelle said the climbing wall was one of her favourite parts of the facility.

Chairman of the board of trustees of Admiral De Saumarez Trust Alex Roger said: ‘Ahead of installation and delivery, the layout of the play area was discussed with the local Parents Teachers Association and while fencing was raised, the play equipment supplier Sutcliffe seemed to satisfy parents that landscaping as shown on the plans on our website was adequate.

He added that the planners did not favour fencing, wanting a more informal play area. He said boulders and tree trunks were to be installed. ‘We are just awaiting the delivery of the final few plants, so we would hope in the next week or so everything will be finished.

‘We acknowledge that picnic style tables with benches adjacent to the play areas would be popular and it is a topic we are discussing with Culture and Leisure, the leaseholder of the park.

‘We are delighted to hear that park users are asking for further improvements and our original plans included improvements to the facilities, such as the toilets, a café, an all-weather pitch and changing rooms,’ said Mr Roger.

He said they thought the total investment would be in the region of £1m. and investment in a café and the proposed all-weather soccer facility would provide income to help maintain the park.

This article first appeared in the Guernsey Press on Thursday 16th August, 2012.