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Following the Prime Minister’s announcement on Monday 23rd March 2020 children's play areas will remain closed until further notice.

This is necessary to ensure social distancing, limit the spread of coronavirus and protect the health and safety of our communities.

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We manage playgrounds and activities for young people, from toddlers to teenagers.

Whether you are looking for a quiet park with some swings and a slide, or the adventure of a zip wire or climbing net, one of our 44 play areas provided by the Council will have something to suit your needs.

We inspect all our playgrounds weekly and have safety inspections every year to make sure they are as safe as possible.

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Verulamium Park Play Area replacement project Toggle accordion

All of the funding has been raised are we are now working on the plans to replace the Play Area in Verulamium Park which is expected to cost in the region of £250,000.

Project Update February 2020

The project has now been put out to tender and interested suppliers have until 7th April 2020 to submit their proposals. The returned tenders will then be assessed and the contract awarded. Further updates will follow once this has happened which is expected to happen during April 2020. At the same time a Scheduled Ancient Monument consent will be submitted to Historic England.

Project Update January 2020

Much of Verulamium Park is a Scheduled Monument. Scheduling is the selection of nationally important archaeological sites. Although archaeology is all around us, Scheduled sites form a carefully chosen sample of them, which are closely managed. While changes are possible we are required to gain Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic England (this is like applying for planning permission) before any works can start. Scheduling derives its authority from the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979.

Assessments have been completed on the ground below the location of the new play area and we are in discussions with Historic England regarding the results.

The new play area must be sympathetic to the historic status of the Park, both visually and how equipment is secured to the ground. Officers are meeting Inspectors from Historic England at the end of January so that we can better understand what options are most likely to be approved in advance of the Scheduled Monument Consent application for the project.

What next?

  • A meeting is planned with Historic England for the end of Jan 2020. Their feedback will be incorporated into the design brief

  • The project put out to tender. 

  • The tender returns will be assessed

  • A company will be appointed to deliver the project.

  • The Scheduled Monument Consent application with be submitted with the detailed designs

  • Commence project build

  • Decommissioning of existing play area

Frequently Asked Questions

How much will it cost?

The overall cost of the project is likely to be in the region of £250,000.

How will the archaeology be protected?

Much of Verulamium Park is a Scheduled Monument. Scheduling is the selection of nationally important archaeological sites. Although archaeology is all around us, Scheduled sites form a carefully chosen sample of them, which are closely managed. While changes are possible we are are required to gain Scheduled Monument Consent from Historic England (this is like applying for planning permission) before any works can start. Scheduling derives its authority from the Ancient Monuments and Archaeological Areas Act of 1979.

What is planned?

A wholesale replacement of the play area in Verulamium Park is planned. The play equipment is reaching the end of its life and needs replacing. 

As Verulamium Park is the district’s flagship park, used by local residents and visitors, we are keen to create a high quality play area which will bring enjoyment to children. 

When will the new play area be installed?

All of the funding has been raised are we are now working on the plans to replace the Play Area.  Subject to consent from Historic England it is expected that the new play area will be installed in 2020. 

Who will pay?

The project is now fully funded via a number of sources which include:

  • St Albans City & District Council - £137k

  • Ver@Play £64k

  • Section S106 contributions £49K

Thank you to everyone that has kindly donated to Ver@Play

Why does this need to happen?

As many play area users will agree, the current equipment in the play area is reaching the end of its life.

All children’s play areas are dog-free zones.

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