Click here for more information.
The new Garth Park play area is beginning to take shape and due to the mild conditions, the installation programme has kept on track – although wet weather is providing a challenge in avoiding damage to areas not being refurbished such as the existing grassed areas.
All the old play features have been removed and the new equipment is fixed in place with rubber safety matting being installed – we were able to refurbish and restore the wheelchair friendly roundabout and have reused the original slide on a new hilled area.
The old concrete fixings have been utilised in making up the basis for the natural hills that will add an extra dimension to the play area, with large tunnels through the middle. The exciting new water feature is in the process of being cobbled which will follow with pointing across the finish – the water from this feature will be drained into straight into the new café where it will be reused as toilet water.
The outstanding work contains a number of key components to make this area the ‘finished article’ and this includes turfing, soft planting and seeding. We are of course in the hands of the weather and the play area cannot open until these things have established and grass/seeds have taken.
So watch this space for the date of the grand opening and meanwhile watch out for the work on the new café as groundworks for this also commenced this week!!
Click here for an update in images.
The Winter edition of the Garth Gazette is now at print and will be delivered shortly to many houses in Bicester. If you cannot wait that long then click here for an e-version!!
The current skate facility in Garth Park is in need of replacement due to the poor state of repair. Financially, it is not viable to repair and the site requires an up to date, multi wheeled facility. Your views matter so please help us by completing this short questionnaire to shape the future of this well used and popular facility.
For more information about this event please click here.
We look forward to seeing you whether running as Santa or supporting from the sidelines.
Please note that the online entries are now closed but you may still be able to enter by contacting the offices at Garth Park.
This year, the Snowflake Competition was incredibly successful with hundreds of entries!!
The Mayor has now picked randomly from a hat his 3 winners who have now been informed. More information on the winners will be posted once the big switch on has happened.
We would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and your token gifts will be sent to your relevant school in due course.
Please be advised that as of Monday 16th November the play area at Garth Park will be closed for refurbishment until further notice. The park itself will remain open as usual.
For more information about the exciting new developments of the play area please click here.
The Snowflake Competition has returned!!
As of today, there are 20 snowflakes hidden in the windows of the shops of the town centre.
All children of primary school age are welcome to hunt for them and should have received a treasure hunt sheet in their book bags. If you need a sheet you can download one here.
Once you have completed the sheet and put all the shop names against the correct number, you must return it to us at the Council offices in Garth Park to be entered into our prize draw. The 3 first prizes will win a reconditioned bike each (provided by Bicester Green) and will have the opportunity to switch on the Christmas Lights with the town Mayor at the light up event on Thursday 3rd December.
The closing date for entries is Friday 27th November.
- Rudolph wants some exercise – maybe 2 wheels is the answer..
- Santa needs some stationery to write his naughty and nice list..
- Comet doesn’t want a cold this winter so is stocking up on his vitamins..
- The Elves are meeting at the new tea shop in town for their Christmas party..
- When Santa sits on his sofa, he enjoys a bit of ‘comfort’..
Click here for more information and to buy your tickets!
The work on the new play area in Garth Park is due to start in the next month or so and the project will take approximately 12 weeks to install. The new look play area will include local resourced boulders and man-made natural looking mounds which will fit in well with the traditional looking features already present in Garth Park. The Town Council maintenance team will also be installing seating areas from recycled local timber which has fallen or been felled. The equipment that will be installed to go alongside a new water feature includes:
- 30m cable run
- Toddler swings
- Double swing
- Nest swing
- Stand up see saw
- Crawling tunnels through the mounds
- Balancing combination unit
- Activity play panels
- 2 x rockers
- 3 x Climbing units
The new play area also includes a Discovery Stream (Water play).
A zone that is slightly off centre so that the existing inclusive roundabout can remain in position; this will enable all users to flow into the water play area as per design. The Discovery Stream will be a visual focal point from all angles of the park including the main car park.
The system will have natural local features such as boulders and laid stones. The water features within will have areas where the users (children) will create pressure via pumps and gully’s making the water follow around the feature. Those features include:
- Standing platforms
- Gully gates
- Water spiral/screw
- Water mushrooms
- Waterspout seats
- Wooden water tubs
- Flap gates
The total cost of the project is £160k and we have been well support by WREN securing a grant of £69,822.00 to go toward this exciting new phase in Garth Park.