eNewsletter Winter 2019

Peterborough Environment Capital

New urban park and community improvements on the way

Residents in the Millfield area to benefit from improved community facilities including new park, play equipment and an outdoor gym.


Peterborough City Council, in conjunction with Gladstone Connect and the local community, have successfully applied for a WREN grant of just over £97,000 to establish a new park.  


WREN is a not-for-profit business that awards grants for community, biodiversity and heritage projects from funds donated by FCC Environment through the Landfill Communities Fund.


The park will be based in a green space between Gladstone Street and Bourges Boulevard. It will include an adventure trail, playground, and table tennis facilities and is planned to open this spring.



Following a public consultation earlier in 2018, in which local residents were asked for their views on how the area could be enhanced, new play equipment has been installed in Russell Street, Hobson playground and New England playgrounds.


An outdoor gym based in Gladstone recreation ground, which is the first of its kind in Peterborough, is now open. It features 12 fitness stations allowing 20 users at once to enjoy free exercise. Fitness group Solutions 4 Health will run free training sessions at the gym, which will advertised on a notice board next to the gym.


Irene Walsh, the council’s Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I am delighted that these much-needed community facilities will soon be available for families in the area to enjoy. We are committed to supporting healthy communities across the city and ensuring people have green spaces close by. In this instance, we’ve engaged with residents to find out what they want and worked hard with our partners to turn their ideas into a reality.”


Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager, said: “We’re delighted to be supporting the play area improvements at Dyson Close and pleased our funding will provide such a fantastic facility for children and young families across Peterborough. WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a difference to local communities and we’re really looking forward to seeing this one take shape soon.”

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