What should happen to Kingswood Park?

July 25 2022

A SURVEY is being run by the council to see what local people want to happen in Kingswood Park.

Friends of Kingswood Park volunteers with Cllr Rachael Hunt

The National Lottery Heritage Fund has allocated £120,000 to restore and enhance the park and residents can comment on how it should be spent.

Ideas include new play facilities, refreshment sales, new toilets, allowing schools and voluntary groups to use the park, more events and better access
for people with mobility difficulties.

A South Gloucestershire Council spokesperson said: “The project aims to renovate the park so that it forms the green ‘heart’ of Kingswood where people go to enjoy high-quality facilities, outdoor events, and meet other people in a safe, welcoming setting.

“Under the plans, the park’s accessibility will be improved, there will be landscape and biodiversity enhancements, and the play area and the park’s learning experience are also earmarked for improvements.”

Work will take place in 2023, with the council hoping to secure an additional £2.5 million funding alongside the lottery money to pay for the improvements.

Friends of Kingswood Park secretary Jim Whittaker said: “This survey features a lot of great new additions to the park that have been the subject of discussions we’ve had with South Gloucestershire council over the last few years.

“We are delighted with how it’s all progressing. The refreshment facility is one particular feature which we are really hopeful to see happen.”

The council’s cabinet member with responsibility for communities, Rachael Hunt, said: “We are working with the Kingswood community to make Kingswood park a place that everyone in the area can be proud of.”

The survey is open until 31 August at www.southglos.gov.uk/kingswood-park-survey