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£4.8m opportunity to create something "truly special" at Runnymede Pleasure Grounds

New multimillion pound plans for Runnymede's Pleasure Grounds are being unveiled this week.

The £4.8million project has been described as a "great opportunity" to create something truly "special" as Runnymede Borough Council looks to make the most of the site's unique riverside location.

Concept images will be displayed that, although very much at an early stage, provide a vision of what the council wishes to achieve.

Peter Winfield is the community services manager for green space at Runnymede.

He said: "This could be very special.

"We have a great opportunity to turn Runnymede Pleasure Grounds into a fantastic park."

"The unique location, a beautiful riverside near Coopers Hill and Runnymede Meadows, really lends itself to create something wonderful with modern facilities such as a new café, wet and dry children's play spaces, and better paths linking to the surrounding attractions.

"That is why we want to gather views from as many people as possible on the conceptual scheme we have worked up, which we can then feed into the formal design process later in the year."

Some of the designs include wooden chalets surrounded by woodland, to a galleon play area for youngsters as well as open spaces along the river.

The plans will go out to public consultation this week prior to the project being put out to tender.

In addition to the three public consultation sessions that were held in Egham the council is planning more for the February half term week at the Pleasure Grounds with the details to be published shortly here on our website, Facebook page and Twitter feed. 

To fill in the consultation please click here.

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