WORK has begun to transform two Basingstoke parks as part of a wider programme of refurbishment works.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council plans to spend more than £400,000 upgrading play facilities this year and has now started work on two more parks in the town.

It has so far completed upgrade works at five parks as part of its Play Refurbishment Programme and will transform five more this year using a budget of £412,000.

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Basingstoke Gazette: The plans for Hatch Warren ParkWork has now started at Mathias Walk, in Brighton Hill, and Hatch Warren Park, off Ketelbey Rise.

The details for the transformations were revealed following a public consultation in 2023 when residents were asked for their views on what to include.

The plans for Hatch Warren Park include a four-way seesaw, dish roundabout, a toddler multi-play area, swings, trim trail, and zip line.

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It will also include refurbishment of the popular existing embankment slide.

At Mathias Walk, the new park will include several inclusive pieces of equipment including a roundabout for wheelchair users. There will also be swings, slides, climbing frames and balancing equipment.

Basingstoke Gazette: The plans for Mathias Walk

The parks are expected to be completed later this month.