Taken from the Vale of White Horse District Council website. Source
Over half a million pounds to improve Abbey Meadow
Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow, which sees thousands of visitors each year, is set to get some very welcome improvements; thanks to a £615,000 investment from Vale of White Horse District Council. These artist’s impressions show what the newly refurbished area might look like.
Last year the district council asked residents in the Vale how they thought money should be used to improve the popular site. The main thing people said was that they wanted to keep the outdoor swimming pool – not only is the pool staying, but the council will also improve some of the other facilities at Abbey Meadow too!
The pool building will get a complete face-lift and there will be new public toilets provided.
Children using the nearby splash pad will benefit from a new changing room which will be created just for them.
The play area will be upgraded to create two exciting adventure playgrounds, one for younger children and another for older children. This larger site will extend round to replace the area where crazy golf is currently located, allowing people to make much better use of this space throughout the year.
The traditional tennis court will be replaced with a new multi-use games area for people to use all year round.
New picnic tables and seating will also be added to give families more places to sit and eat by the river.
Abbey Meadow is already a wonderful place to spend time and the proposed improvements will help to bring more visitors to the area and allow it to be used more throughout the year.
Vale of White Horse District Council is providing £570,000 of the money directly, the remaining £45,000 comes from a section 106 agreement on the Old Gaol development; this money will go towards the improvements to the children’s play area.
Work on the new play areas and the swimming pool building is expected to start this autumn and be completed in spring 2017, but some of the smaller improvements will happen earlier in the year.
Cllr Charlotte Dickson, Cabinet Member for Leisure, said: “We’ve listened to the wishes of the people of Abingdon and are keeping the pool open, but we also didn’t want to lose sight of the fact that Abbey Meadow is enjoyed by thousands of people using the other facilities, making this a fabulous all year round destination.”
Cllr Elaine Ware, Cabinet Member for Corporate Strategy, said: “These improvements will make the most of the money we have available at the moment, but it isn’t the end of our ambitions for Abbey Meadow. We’re now looking to see what grants are available to help us raise money for even more improvements. We want to make sure it remains a popular site for many years to come so we’ll be using the money available to improve existing facilities and will be making some welcome additions too.”
Explore Abbey Meadow in 2016
During the summer season make the most of Abbey Meadow:
Splash around this summer
The outdoor pool will be open between 28 May and 4 September
The splash pad is free to use and will be turned on each day from 9am until 7pm also between 28 May and 4 September.
Challenge your friends and family
The tennis court, crazy golf and pitch and putt are available every day between 11am and 6pm during the summer holiday, on bank holiday weekends, and during weekends from 11 June.