New look unveiled for Marlowes this summer

The new play area on Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead
The new play area on Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead

Summer is here and now so are the brand new play areas in Hemel town centre, after the fourth and final one was unveiled outside WH Smith this week.

The areas are part of Dacorum Borough Council’s ongoing £30million Hemel Evolution project.

Other new aspects which have opened up in time for the school holidays include the new food court outside Boots.

And to keep the updated Marlowes and Bank Court looking good, 28 new modern bins are also being installed, which include a recycling compartment and cigarette stub tray.

Councillor Graham Sutton, portfolio holder for planning and regeneration, said: “To quote a resident on our Facebook page recently, ‘It’s great that our town is looking more and more inviting’.

“With all the improvements, people now want to stop and visit, bringing friends and family to rediscover Hemel Hempstead’s new shopping experience.”

The four playgrounds are part of a colour-coded play-on-the-way facility, including a red water trickle area, a green tightrope area, and the blue balancing balls area.

They also feature slides, balancing beams, trampolines sunken into the ground to enable children of different physical abilities to use the play equipment, and ‘talking tubes’ which are connected underground so that youngsters can speak at one end and listen at the other.

Other ongoing work includes the council’s contractor Greenford carrying out the painstaking process of laying the circular pattern of cobbles, next to the newly installed giant LED screen.

Large coloured glass panels are being lowered into place to create the roof of the new public events stage.

And the fountain is also nearly complete, only awaiting the restored Water Play statue to be replaced on top of the plinth.