On 27 July, families will be able to enjoy free fun in Central Park, Chelmsford, as part of Love Parks Week - and vote on the new Central Park playground.
Now in its ninth year, Love Parks Week is the annual celebration of our country's fantastic green spaces and the community groups that bring them to life.
As part of this year's celebrations, Chelmsford City Council is offering a selection of free activities on Friday 27 July, 10am-2pm. There's no need to book: just turn up and join in at the garden area outside the Cake at the Lake cafe in Central Park.
There will be lots of family-friendly things to do and a chance to let your city know what you love about Chelmsford's parks. Bring a picnic and take part in free activities for children such as badge making, table tennis, a recycling art project, pebble painting, wildlife activities and more!
This is also your chance to see the newly-improved Bell Meadow, which is being officially opened by the Mayor of Chelmsford, Councillor Yvonne Spence, at approximately 10am by the war memorial, with a walk through to all the fun of the event after the proceedings.
Excitingly, there will also be the chance to vote for your favourite design for Central Park's play area. The current play equipment has been much-loved by children through the decades and is now in need of a spruce-up - the current multiplay unit was installed in 2007 and the swings date back to 2004.
Chelmsford City Council is now planning a full revamp of the playground and has shortlisted three designs to go to the public vote. Children can vote too, so bring the whole family along to have a say!
With friendly staff on hand to answer questions, grown-ups can find out how to get involved in their local parks as a volunteer. Whether it's planting trees, litter-picking or joining in with led volunteer sessions as part of either the Garden or Conservation team, there are opportunities for everyone who has an interest in their local parks.
For more information, follow @LoveYourChelmsford on Facebook.
Monday 16 July 2018