WORK is under way on Lytham’s Mornington Meadow.
The £200,000 community-led project aims to transform the tired Mornington Road recreational field into an enjoyable green space for all ages.
Mornington Road’s oldest resident and former Mayor Wilf Callon, aged 86, dug the first shovel of soil, in a ceremony assisted by his wife Hilda and members of the Mornington Meadow Community Group.
And this week more major construction work began to this popular area for children and dog walkers, despite years of poor drainage and a few tired items of play equipment.
A two-zoned play area is expected be completed by mid-July. There will be swings, slides and a climbing area for younger children and more adventurous equipment for the older with a climbing frame and a bell pole. Teenagers will also be able to have fun on the new aerial glider as well as take part in team games such as football and basketball in the all weather multi-use games area. There will also be a sensory garden, new benches throughout the garden and recreation area and a path connecting each section of the park to enable easier access around the site for pushchairs and wheelchair users.
Group Secretary, Ms Elaine Bertenshaw said: “It is absolutely fantastic to see the first of the work get underway. This is what the group have been working so hard towards for the past four years.
“ The new play areas and sensory garden will provide such a great area for the whole community. We can’t wait until it is open for residents to use and enjoy.”