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Work Begins on Dove Way Park in Smith's Wood

Work has started on a brand new local park in Smith's Wood.  Contractors Jack Moody Ltd has been appointed by the North Solihull Partnership and commenced work on 2nd December 2013. The park, which will be known as Dove Way Park, was designed by Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council's Landscape and Ecology Team on behalf of the North Solihull Partnership, with involvement and input from nearby residents.

The work will begin with site clearance and earthworks during December.  After the Christmas break work will begin again on 6th January and will be completed (weather dependent) by the end of March 2014.

The site is situated between Dove Way, Kennet Grove and Tarmar Drive and is the site of two former high rise blocks, Girton & Gonville Houses that were demolished as part of the regeneration proposals for North Arran Way in early 2013.  This new neighbourhood green space or 'local park' replaces some of the space that has been lost elsewhere within the neighbourhood. 

Key elements of the scheme include new green open areas alongside a central paved meeting space and opportunities for informal play.  There will be new seating, improved lighting, signage, tree, shrub and bulb planting.  A significant aspect of the scheme comprises improved and resurfaced footpaths linking the park to the new Smith's Wood Village Centre.  Click here to see a plan of the park.

The scheme is costing around £300,000 and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund as part of a wider plan to improve pedestrian access to the new Smith's Wood Village Centre.