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Ingleby Barwick

The Council is proposing a series of improved community facilities for people of all ages across Ingleby Barwick. A range of improvements to Romano Park will allow more accessible open space for residents and visitors.


The plans that are being proposed are a result of the 'Let's Talk About Our Towns' public consultation that took place in 2020. The consultation showed support for more community leisure facilities, parks and gardens, as well as activities for young people.

Read a full summary of the consultation responses on our consultations page.

The initial proposals for improvement to Romano Park's existing play area and ideas on potential uses of the park were available for residents and businesses to offer their thoughts on in 2022. The public identified a number of key themes that were important to the local community:

  • accessible play equipment for children of all abilities and backgrounds

  • provision of a garden or sensory play area

  • new trees, planting, seating and benches

  • retaining and enhancing green space in the park

  • a dedicated dog walking area

  • improvements to the Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

  • improved park infrastructure and security measures

A summary of the findings of this consultation can be found on our consultations page.


Overall park improvements

A plan showing the confirmed improvements for Romano Park in Ingleby Barwick including a key which shows footpaths and different surfaces

Key features include:

  1. existing play area to be repaired an upgraded

  2. improved access to local nature reserve woodland 

  3. improve access to nature reserve pond with a DDA compliant path

  4. native scrub and woodland planting boundary between park and school

  5. wildflower meadow with grass mown paths

  6. proposed dog exercise area

  7. improvements to legibility of existing park entrance points

  8. improvements to active travel through the park and link to the wider network

  9. new tree planting

  10. new CCTV cameras

  11. new flexible recreational space

  12. community growing area with access from the school

  13. hard standing area for use by food and coffee consessions

  14. teen space with seating

  15. drainage to open space

  16. tarmac footpath around the edge of the open space

This final plan was produced following feedback from the public consultation in 2022.


Play area improvements

A plan showing the confirmed programme of improvements for the play area in Romano Park in Ingleby Barwick

The programme of improvements and upgrades includes:

  1. a new bespoke feature play item

  2. sett edge to be reset and rubber surfacing lifted and replaced

  3. pin kerb edging to be reset and tarmac surfacing replaced

  4. existing steps to be repaired an reset and a new handrail installed

  5. new recycled plastic log edge to retain sand and play bark safety surfacing

  6. area to be replaced by artificial grass beneath the zip line

  7. area to be replaced by artificial grass beneath junior swings

  8. area to be replaced by artificial grass beneath basket swing

  9. area to be replaced by artificial grass beneath toddler swings

  10. area to be replaced by artificial grass beneath see saw

  11. looped rope swing to be repaired

  12. rope bridge to be repaired

  13. climbing wall to be repaired

  14. a new in-ground, accessible trampoline

  15. trim trail to be replaced with sensory trail and musical instruments

  16. area to be re-soiled and plastic mesh to be overlaid to stabilise the banking

All benches, picnic tables and litter bins will also be replaced and a new 'buddy bench' will be installed.


Next steps

The programme of upgrades and repairs to the existing play area will begin in March 2023. The wider park improvements will begin after the play area works are completed.