Work begins at Teat’s Hill

(l-r) Natural Infrastructure Officer Emmie Readman, Richard Kedzia of Hannon Homes, Councillor Patrick Nicholson and Natural Infastructure Officer Zoe Sydenham at Teat’s Hill as work begins

Work has started on turning a tired Plymouth park into a community destination.

Diggers are on site at Teat’s Hill in Cattedown, where a new outdoor amphitheatre is being installed alongside improved play equipment.

The project sees the coming together of several different council initiatives including Hands Up for Plymouth Play and the Active Neighbourhoods Project.

The University of Plymouth and Exeter University’s Blue Health Project have also backed the project, by means of funding as well as with planning, design support and research.

Councillor Patrick Nicholson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet member for Strategic Transport, Housing and Planning, said: “Out of all the parks that we have been improving over the last few months, I think that it is at Teats Hill where we will see the biggest difference.

“The location of the park next to the water is fantastic and I’m really pleased to see the designs reflect this.

“When construction is complete, I relish seeing the park develop into a valuable community hub.”

The new amphitheatre, with circular seating looking towards the sea, will be used for education and classroom activities as well as public events and performances.

The new play area will reflect its marine location. It includes fun new equipment for spinning and rocking and a new sandpit with a digger. Bespoke graphics on the surface will reflect the journey that the Mayflower took.

The rest of the park will be re-landscaped to allow beach school sessions and family events to take place in partnership with the National Marine Aquarium and Devon Wildlife Trust, once the site is complete.

Hands Up For Plymouth Play is a project led by Plymouth City Council that focusses on improving play facilities across the city. Over 30 play areas are in the process of being replaced or refurbished as the council delivers on its policy to provide high quality play spaces within 400m of people’s homes.

Meanwhile, the Active Neighbourhoods Project is a three-year project that encourages people living in five areas of Plymouth to embrace healthier lifestyles and enjoy the great outdoors on their doorstep.