A progress review was held between the playpark contractors and the city council team on Wednesday 2 February. In the next few days equipment installation will be complete and everything can be given a sand and a clean. Then it will be down to getting some turf down and reseeding some areas. Mid-March is being targeted to open most play areas for use, with the park fully open by the beginning of April. The exact timing will depend on the weather and how well the turf and seed takes. If you are in the park, please do give the ground around each area a chance to reinstate.
- Enclosed Play Area: By latest mid-March this area should be opened up, with both the new and existing play equipment available. It could be earlier, but it depends on what happens with the weather before then. Once the mud turns to grass this area will be opened up.
- Sports Wall Area (Football / Basketball area): Some markings have already been added to this surface. A 3-point line for basketball will be added in the next week or so. The whole bottom muddy area of the park will then be levelled and seeded (rather than turfed), and that will take a little bit of time. By latest mid-March (and hopefully before) it will be ready for use.
- Zip Wire / Trim Trail Area: The trim trail should again be open latest mid-March. Some fencing may be kept up around the double zip wire – to allow for the ground to reinstate. This will be turfed, and so will possibly be ready not much later than the rest of the play park. It is hoped that by the start of April it will be good to go.
So, by beginning of April latest, Long Leys should have a fantastic new playpark. As spring gets into full swing then the grass areas should start to thicken out and the project can officially be signed off as complete and handed over to the young people of Lincoln. As you would expect, there is money already allocated for future maintenance, to keep the park in a good condition for many years.
LLRA will provide a further update on progress at the start of March.