£50,000 new lease of life for seafront play

Work on the playground on St Annes Promenade
Work on the playground on St Annes Promenade
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A seafront playground is undergoing a £50,000 upgrade.

The site on South Promenade, alongside the mini-links golf course and miniature railways is particularly popular with tourists but will be cordoned off for the two bank holidays coming up this month as the work continues.

But a spokesman for Fylde Council, which operates the site, said it was intended that the playground would be available for the main tourist season and that it would include a range of exciting modern equipment.

“The contractors are expected to be on site for another four weeks,” said the spokesman.

“We are sorry that the playground will be unavailable for the bank holiday weekends coming up but it will be much improved when it re-opens and very much in line with the modern expectations of such sites.

“New safety surfacing and fencing is planned along with facilities such as toddlers’ swings, a basket swing and swinging logs.

“The bulk of the work is being funded by the Local Strategic Partnership and it was a case of waiting for the cash to be available before work could get underway.

“It will be a long-term improvement and once finished will last some considerable time.”

The work on the seafront site follows a recent major upgrade for the facilities in St Annes’ Ashton Gardens, as well as a host of vastly-improved play facilties in neighbourhoods all over Fylde.

St Annes’ King George V Park, Hope Street, Waddington Road, Lytham’s Park View 4U and Mornington Meadow, Kirkham’s Memnorial Park and Wesham’s Fleetwood Road Playing Fields have all been improved considerably in recent years and Coun Sue Fazacklerley, Fylde Council’s portfolio holder for leisure and tourism, said:

“A lot of the improved sites have been due to the enthusiam and hard work of the various Friends groups and we are happy to do all we can in such cases to help facilitate the work,” she said.

“We are very proud of all Fylde’s play areas and delighted to be able to offer the best facilities.

The seafront site has been looking tired for some time and has been crying out for attention.

“It is a popular site with tourists and residents alike and it will be nice to be able to offer the most modern play equipment there.”