A Viking longboat-shaped earthwork, a new promenade and a forest play area - what could Thorpe St Andrew’s parks feature in years to come?

Setting up the display of proposals drawn up for Friends of Thorpe Parks. Photo: Bill Smith Setting up the display of proposals drawn up for Friends of Thorpe Parks. Photo: Bill Smith

Thursday, August 28, 2014
1:07 PM

A Viking longboat-shaped earthwork, a new promenade and a forest area for natural play and school visits are among the ideas now being considered for a revamp of Thorpe St Andrew’s parks.

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Sketches for a Viking longboat-shaped earthwork at Thorpe St Andrew's parks. Design and image by Green Plan Landscape Architects.Sketches for a Viking longboat-shaped earthwork at Thorpe St Andrew's parks. Design and image by Green Plan Landscape Architects.

Three different visions on how both Laundry Lane Recreation Ground and Dussindale Park, in Pound Lane, could be transformed have gone on public display so that families can have their say on the proposals.

The exhibition is a result of a £3,000 competition, run by the Friends of Thorpe Park, a group of mostly mums who are working with the backing of Thorpe St Andrew Town Council to improve the areas.

The winning design will be chosen by a panel of members of the friends and the council, who say they will be taking into account the public comments following a three-day exhibition this week.

Each of the designs feature a skate park, which was highlighted by young people who responded to a survey, the results of which were used to create a brief for the competition.

Although each of the landscape architects has come up with unique ideas, the plans do share some similar themes such as providing areas for natural play including logs and boulders, improving the entrances to the parks, linking the parks and making them more user friendly.

Features suggested include using wood piles as bug hotels and making trim trails and walks in the wooded areas of the parks, introducing a pedal cycle jumps course and creating a new promenade at Laundry Lane.

Emma Smith, chairman of the Friends of Thorpe Park, said the group wanted as many people as possible to view and comment on the plans.

She said: “We really hope they will become destination parks. Thorpe St Andrew is a beautiful place to live and we want to make sure the parks reflect that for the local community.”

Hillside Avenue Primary school pupil Julia Glason, seven, of Dussindale, said she would like the parks to have a trapeze style swing, “more monkey bars” and more picnic areas.

Stuart Odell, who lives near Dussindale Park with his young family, said: “It would be nice to see some of the elements of the city parks, like Eaton Park, with separate areas like the boating lake.”

While there is some initial funding to get work under way, the idea is for the plans to be staged, so the Friends of Thorpe Parks can continue to fundraise for future works.

The plans were on display at Dussindale Centre in Pound Lane yesterday. They will be on show from 10.30am to 12.30pm today at the Morse Pavilion in Laundry Lane, and from 2.30pm to 4.30pm tomorrow at the Fitzmaurice Pavilion in Pound Lane.

For more information visit the Friends of Thorpe Parks’ website at http://friendsoftsaparks.wordpress.com
Do you have a story about Thorpe St Andrew? Contact Kim Briscoe on 01603 772474.

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