Abbey Meadow improvements

Abbey Meadow is already a wonderful place to spend time, but we want to bring more visitors to the area and allow it to be used more throughout the year.  So, in 2017 we are planning a range of improvements to the area: 

What improvements are we making?

Happening now - a new £320,000 play area

We are currently installing an exciting new £320,000 play area in Abingdon’s Abbey Meadow.

The new play area is expected to be open early summer (weather dependent) and will feature a Grand Abbey climbing area and an ‘Abingdon Lock’ river scene.

There will also be sensory area and play garden, an area for ball games, plus lots of traditional play equipment.

The new play area is being designed and constructed by playground specialists eibe Play Ltd.

While work is being carried out the existing play equipment will be closed to the public.  Young children looking to play outdoors during this time can use play areas elsewhere in Abingdon.

New £230,000 public toilets and changing area, and accessible pathing 

We’ll build brand new public toilets and a new changing room for children using the nearby play area and splash pad.  There will also be a circular dog walk, and a new sloping path to provide people with disabilities easy access to the splash area and riverside.  We've submitted a planning application for this site and, subject to planning approval, we hope to begin work in September 2017.

Replacing Abbey Meadow Outdoor Pool

We will replace the existing pool with a brand new outdoor pool.

The new pool will include a shallow beach area allowing easy access to the water, great for children, and a deep water area for more experienced swimmers and diving. 

The ambitious plans will also see the pool changing rooms and toilets refurbished, and some structural renovations will ensure the facility can be used for many years to come.

While the outdoor pool will be closed for construction over the summer the popular splash park will continue to be available for young children to use, along with the kiosk.  Those wishing to swim will be able to use the nearby White Horse Leisure and Tennis Centre.  Work on the new pool is expected to finish by the autumn.

New picnic tables and seating

New picnic tables and seating are now available during the spring and summer to give people more places to sit and eat by the river, we will also be installing further tables which are accessible for wheelchair users in time for spring 2017. 

How is the work being paid for?

To pay for the improvements to the wider Abbey Meadow area Vale of White Horse District Council is providing £570,000, the remaining £45,000 will come from the Old Gaol development Section 106 agreement; this money will go towards the improvements to the children’s play area.  

We will fund the works to the swimming pool out of a separate budget.

Last reviewed: 25 - 01 - 2017

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