Published on 5th May 2015

People at Pittville Park play area

We recently announced that Cheltenham Borough Council has big plans in store to make its most popular play area at Pittville Park an outstanding one for children of all ages and abilities to enjoy.

The council wants to remind Pittville park users they have until Monday 11 May to let them know how they would like the play area to look.

The council has committed to spending £300k on the play area with a further amount of funding from other bodies, to be raised in order to complete the project. The project is in its early stages and it is hoped it will be completed during 2016.

To start the project off the council is finding out from people who use the park how they would like the play area to look; what they would like to see; what facilities should be provided and how it can be improved.

Posters have been put up around the play area with details of how users can give their views - either by filling out a simple questionnaire on the council’s website ( or by completing a paper copy. Paper copies can be found at the Central Cross Café, The Boathouse, Pittville Pump Room and Leisure at Cheltenham. They can either be returned to the place they were collected or the main reception at the Municipal offices; alternatively they can be posted to Green Space Development, Cheltenham Borough Council, Central Depot, Swindon Road, Cheltenham, GL51 9JZ. Questionnaires should only take a few minutes to complete.

Adam Reynolds, green space development manager, says: “We’d like to thank all those that have taken the time to give us their views on how they’d like the play area to look. We’ve had over 250 responses to our questionnaire so far, so we can tell how important this project is to a lot of people.

“We want to create an outstanding play area that is accessible to all, so we need the views from all users to find out what they would ideally like from it. If you have not completed a questionnaire yet please do take the time to do it – it only takes five minutes.

“We are committing £300k to this project and will need to raise further funds to ensure we can deliver it. Residents from across the borough, county and beyond, use this park so we want to ensure we get it right.”

The consultation ends on Monday 11th May.

For press enquires contact: Kelly Carter, communications officer, telephone 01242 264154, email [email protected]

About Pittville Park: Opened in 1825, Pittville Park is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and features the magnificent Pump Room and lakes. This park is given a Grade 2 listing under the English Heritage register of historic parks and gardens, with the Pump Room as a Grade 1 historic building.

Pittville Park is divided in two by Evesham Road. Most people are familiar with the eastern side of the park, which is overlooked by Pittville Pump Room, and home to the main children's play area and the aviaries where you'll find our popular birds and bunnies. However, to the west of Evesham Road lies the much larger western park with its more natural layout and small areas of woodland. Here you will find the larger 'lower lake' where you can fish during the fishing season, and there is a smaller children's play area along with tennis courts, a pitch and putt golf course and a skate park.

Toilets can be found in the eastern park between the lake and Evesham Road, and refreshments can be bought at Central Cross Cafe which is in the southern section alongside Central Cross Drive and also at the Boathouse near the tennis courts.

Pittville Park is to the north of the town and straddles Evesham Road. The park borders Tommy Taylor's Lane to the west and Pittville Lawn to the east and the narrow southern section of the park stretches as far south as Wellington Road.