Hope for start on park work

Friends of Hope Street Park, St Annes with their Master Plan. From left: Coun Keith Hyde, Pam Curtis, Jean Tomlinson, Graham Greenwood, Iian Roberts, John Cooper, Lillias Cooper.
Friends of Hope Street Park, St Annes with their Master Plan. From left: Coun Keith Hyde, Pam Curtis, Jean Tomlinson, Graham Greenwood, Iian Roberts, John Cooper, Lillias Cooper.
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CAMPAIGNERS for major improvements to facilities at St Annes’ Hope Street Park are hopeful that work can get underway on the site later this year.

The Friends of Hope Street Park have earmarked a new children’s play area in the middle of the park as their initial ambition for the site.

It is part of a three-phase masterplan for work on the whole park which would cost over £400,000 in total.

But with up to £50,000 worth of grand funding in the pipeline if the Friends themselves can raise £10,000, the campaigners have prioritised the new children’s area as their initial target.

The Friends already have some £6,000 in the kitty after three fund-raising events last year and two in 2009 and hold the first of three scheduled for this year on Saturday at the park. Others follow in August and December.

“If we can show we can raise £10,000, hopefully we will have enough to get work going on the children’s play area,” said Friends chairman Ian Roberts. “The first thing that needs to happen is for the maintenance building in the centre of the park to be demolished and cleared and Fylde Council have agreed to start work on that in the summer.”