Oxford City Council revamps play equipment at Margaret Road Recreation Ground

Published: Tuesday, 7th March 2017

Oxford City Council has started work on a £33,000 revamp of play equipment at Margaret Road Recreation Ground in Headington.

The work, which began on Monday (27/2) will see new climbing nets, monkey bars, slide bars, stepping poles, a 12m zip wire and safety surface added to the recreation ground’s popular play area.

The work is expected to be completed by the end of March.

The improvements are part of a 10-year project that will see the City Council invest £1m to improve play areas across Oxford until 2023.

The City Council is also currently creating a new £1.2m pavilion in Margaret Road Recreation Ground. The project will include modern changing rooms, toilets and store rooms, along with a community space and kitchen.

Oxford City Council has a corporate objective to improve sports and leisure opportunities in the city.

Recent work has included the £9m Leys Pools and Leisure Centre, £4.5m pavilion refurbishment programme, £4m Rose Hill Community Centre, £500,000 contribution to the Oxford Spires Sports & Fitness, and £316,000 of fitness trails across Oxford’s parks. The City Council is also developing a £5m new sports park near Horspath.

Councillor Linda Smith, Executive Board Member for Leisure, Parks and Sport, said: “I am really pleased with the final designs for Margaret Road Recreation Ground as we have been able to combine the requests of park users with modern and challenging equipment for everyone to enjoy.

“We are committed to improving the health and wellbeing of Oxford residents, and making it as easy as possible for people of all ages to keep fit.”