Meadow Road Park reopens after major improvements

Published: Tuesday, 20th August 2019

Kettering’s Meadow Road Park is now open following the first phase of major improvements!

Visit the town centre destination park and you will find new play equipment, footpaths, safety surfacing, lighting, CCTV and natural seating areas.

Kettering Borough Council improved Meadow Road Park using money from agreements negotiated as part of recent local housing developments. Improvements to this important open space will provide a place to play, work out or relax in a town centre destination park enhanced by the offer of nearby shopping and places to eat.

A consultation took place during December and January to hear the views of local people on the proposals, which were used to influence the final design of the park. 

The park will continue to evolve over the course of the year so expect to see more additions over the coming months, including:

  • New bank slides
  • New picnic benches to complement the current natural rock seating
  • Sand play
  • Fitness zone equipment
  • Further landscaping
  • Fencing to mark the area were dogs must be kept on a lead
  • Planting of silver birch trees
  • New gateway entrance at the top of Meadow Road

Further information will be provided when the second phase of works are underway. You can find out more about the project at www.kettering.gov.uk/meadow-road-park

You can also view a video about the park’s improvements at https://youtu.be/vfPo8RiZR4Y

Lisa Hyde, Executive Director at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“Meadow Road Park has a lot of potential as a place to play, work out or relax in Kettering town centre. The improvements help to create a destination park which is attractive and accessible to all ages. Research shows that a good park brings people into a town centre and can have a positive effect on local businesses.”

Cllr Mark Dearing, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said:

“I’m delighted to see the outcome of the first phase of improvements to Meadow Road Park, which we believe will act as a significant draw to the town centre. We’ve taken into account local people’s views on what they would like to see at the park and are looking forward to including these as we continue with phase two of the project. The scheme sits within the Council’s wider town centre regeneration plans with investment secured through local housing developments.”