THE REGENERATION OF JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS,
EVERSIDE LANE, CAM, GL11 5UL
Cam Parish Council has been working very hard since the first public consultation into the rejuvenation of the playing fields was launched in October 2019. We've now come up with a plan for the future of the fields which we think is exciting, innovative and ticks all the boxes!
The story so far...
Improvements to the entrance to the site to give better driving visibility and safer pedestrian access were completed in September 2020. This involved shaving back the bank and the hedge to create extra ground which was tarmacked and reflective bollards installed.
The well-used perimeter footpath has been diverted to take walkers away from the skatepark. A new, 160 metre long tarmac footpath runs past the skatepark and past the Multi-use Games Area (MUGA) before rejoining the original path. There is also a short footpath linking the new path to the MUGA. The new footpath is slightly elevated and drainage pipes have been fitted at intervals beneath it to avoid waterlogging and the puddling issues which we're too aware of at Jubilee Playing Field. This work was completed in July 2021. Reseeding the area around the path with a mixture of grass and wildflower seeds is due to be completed in September 2021.
Plans for the future...
NEW YOUNGER CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA
There's not a lot of interesting play equipment at Jubilee Playing Fields for children aged from toddler to 10-years-old. Cam Parish Council wants to create a play area with a host of new, exciting equipment not too far from the parking area and safely fence this area with natural, post and rail type fencing covered with wire mesh. Most of the existing equipment dotted around the grass between the car park and the skatepark will also be moved inside the fenced play area but one or two pieces (such as the see-saw and bucket swing) will be left where they are. And a new piece of equipment, perhaps flat swings, might even be added to the area outside the newly proposed, fenced play area.
No dogs will be allowed in the fenced children's play area.
AREA BETWEEN THE FENCED CHILDREN'S PLAY AREA AND THE SKATEPARK
Fencing off a play area means we've got a patch of land perfect for putting picnic benches surrounded by trees and a special wildflower mix that would enjoy the challenging drainage issues at Jubilee Playing Fields. The trees would help the environment, provide shade in summer for families enjoying picnics and also help suck up some of that excess water that we all experience at the playing fields.
FENCING THE SKATEPARK
The skatepark at Jubilee Playing Fields is enjoyed by many youngsters. But people have asked for it to be fenced. Therefore, Cam Parish Council is considering fencing the skatepark. It is proposed to fence the skatepark on all four sides with green, spectator fencing so that people can lean on the fence and watch the skills of the skateboarders using the ramps. There will be two pedestrian gates within the fencing.
No dogs will be allowed inside the fenced skatepark.
DOGS AT JUBILEE PLAYING FIELDS
We love dogs! But they have caused one or two issues, namely dog poo and dogs off leads harassing other park users. Dogs will still be welcome at Jubilee Playing Fields but they will not be allowed inside the fenced children's play area or the fenced skatepark. We will also request that dogs are kept on leads from the car park area to a point just after the fenced skatepark, but after that they can be let off their leads to enjoy exploring. Signs will be put up at the points where we ask that dogs are kept on or allowed off leads.
But please, dog owners, remember to keep your dogs under control and pick up after your them. Otherwise Cam Parish Council will be forced to reconsider dogs at Jubilee Playing Fields.
These are Cam Parish Council's plans for the first phase of the regeneration of Jubilee Playing Fields. We have future plans, including improving and opening the car park at the entrance to the playing fields, creating a footpath (perhaps a boardwalk) across the centre of the site and building a bigger, better skatepark. But that's all in future phases.
Let us know your thoughts on our plans for Jubilee Playing Field.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By telephone: 01453 548884
In person: Cam Parish Council, 4 Noel Lee Way, Cam, GL11 5PS