Phase one Sandbach Partnership commissioned Ryder Landscape Consultants Ltd to produce a Concept Design for Sandbach Park. The designs were based on the views expressed by park users and residents through extensive consultation exercise, the final feedback from this consultation enabled Ryder to finalise proposals and cost the master plans. The final design included some exciting proposals relating to children’s play, youth facilities, adult recreation, environmental improvements, and visitor and event infrastructure.
Sandbach Partnership working with Cheshire East kick-started phase two of the park development project by announcing an award of £29.7k from the government funded Play Builders Fund for adventure play equipment. After consultation with young people of that age group a variety of equipment that suits the play needs of 8-12 year olds (primarily) was installed this includes a Zip wire and a five-metre-high climbing frame.
Friends of Sandbach Park
At Sandbach Today event the partnership launched a Friends of Sandbach Park Group, the public were invited to express a show of interest in forming a group. From that response, an exploratory meeting was held on 5th November.
The group was launched and today it is recognised as the best park friends group in Cheshire East.
Toddlers Play Area
In April 2012 a play area for toddlers up to 8 years was opened within the sensory garden, this was funded by Sandbach Town Council. The old toddlers play area was resurfaced and used as a hard-standing area for refreshment vendors and a picnic area was formed in the adjacent grassed area.
Multi Use Games Area
Work has commenced on the Multi Use Games Area and the Green Gym and both areas were completed early in April 2012.
The MUGA provides facilities for 5-a-side Football, Netball, Tennis and Rounder’s and the remaining Tennis Court will undergo a complete refurbishment.
The Green Gym provides adults with a free opportunity to get fit and active in the park and there will also be a new picnic area adjacent to the new facilities.
The toilet refurbishment was coordinated by Cheshire East Council Assets team and was completed in of March 2012. The toilet refurbishment included facilities for people with a disability and baby changing.
The aim of this project was to revitalise the whole of the Pond area to improve the habitat for existing and new species, increase public awareness of this area of the Park and improve accessibility for all.
Additional pond levels were introduced with a new boardwalk, which allows pond dipping enabling the Pond to be used as an educational resource especially for local schools.
The pond area and boardwalk were completed in March 2014, the boardwalk is completely accessible for all.
Working together, to develop an extensive Management Plan, Sandbach Partnership, ANSA and Cheshire East Council were pleased to announce that Sandbach Park was awarded Green flag status in 2015.
Boules and Table Tennis
In 2015 with funding from Sandbach Town Council an outdoor table tennis table was installed and a Boules pitch. The U3A hold regular sessions on Friday mornings and the facilities are regulars in use by all age groups.