Two years ago, the powers that be spent some £1m of our (council tax payers') money on redoing Spa park. (They claimed it wasn't our money, as they forced the developer of the Artesian building to spend that much on the park in consideration for purchasing land from the Council, but it all adds up to the same thing in the end.)
I wrote at the time that £1m sensibly invested would instead have endowed a park-keeper - probably in perpetuity - to wear a peaked cap, make small children behave, and to tend the lawns.
Instead, today the park looks like wasteland. The roses have not been pruned. The ornamental grasses look like a jungle. The flower beds, despite bark mulching, are filled with weeds. And the lawns look like a very poor-quality meadow, largely as a result of too-infrequent cutting.
Has the running track ever been used for its apparent purpose? (Joggers could run just as happily around the perimeter of the park.)
I personally think the Spa Park is absolutely fantastic. I regularly used the running track during the summer with my girlfriend and my house mate does too. The improvement in facilities for young people (the play area, sports court, etc.) was much needed. I think it's very attractive too. Money well spent in my view.
Maintenance is a separate issue and should obviously be addressed. Hopefully the lawns and plants will be dealt with before the warmer weather starts.
Sadly there is police tape blocking the entrance to the park now and two officers patrolling, so it looks like something serious has happened? I don't want to speculate or sensationalise so I'll leave it there.
Isn't it just the contractors using the area as a car park while they finish off the building?
Hmmm...police tape doesn't sound good. Do let the forum know when you find out what happened.
One complaint I do have about the park (I'm not eternally optimistic!) is that the lights are not always on at night. When the lights are on, there's aren't many places for people to hide and it feels much safed. When the lights are off, the contrary applies, and it is a dark hiding place in the middle of a well-populated area. The council needs to ensure that the light stay on.
without wanting to speculate, just to report the following: i saw an elderly man being tended to and a younger bloke talking to the police officers round about 3pm-ish after which the police tape went up and forensics called to the scene.. however, not sure what exactly happened..
as for the running track, i think it's great! went for a jog yesterday (just bought a pair of running shoes so had to go try them out!)
does anyone know how the distance markings work though?