Nearly playtime!

Play area at Ashton Gardens, St Annes
Play area at Ashton Gardens, St Annes

A NEW £75,000 play area in Ashton Gardens, St Annes, is on course for completion by the end of April.

The cost of the work has covered by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the new features, intended for youngsters aged six to 16, will include swings, a roundabout, slides, benches and a rock climb.

It represents the culmination of a 10-year project designed to improve the park for future generations. Other major aspects of the work have included the building of the new Pavilion cafe and new gates and railings.

Minor projects such as work on the rockery around the lake are to continue, but the opening of the children’s playground will represent a key feature of a project at the gardens of which Fylde Council is particularly proud.

A council spokesman said: “We all have happy childhood memories of time spent in Ashton Gardens and this will ensure such memories for generations to come.”

“This is part of a wider programme of improvements to local parks which are being carried out at minimal cost to council tax payers because of shrewd use of third party funding.”