Vision for park

Newly formed Friends of Freckleton Park are fundraising for new equipment in the park.  Pictured are Bill Astley, Lyn Braithwaite, Lisa Stubbs, Joanne Green, Nikki Partridge, Laura Millings and Tamara Astley.
Newly formed Friends of Freckleton Park are fundraising for new equipment in the park. Pictured are Bill Astley, Lyn Braithwaite, Lisa Stubbs, Joanne Green, Nikki Partridge, Laura Millings and Tamara Astley.
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A GROUP of friends are on a fundraising mission to build a new park for their children.

The Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park say their local play area is run down and boring, and are attempting to raise £60,000 for a brand new outdoor haven for youngsters.

Members say the park on Preston Old Road is so dated the old swings, climbing frame and slide were there when they were children, and are close to being condemned.

Around £3,500 has been raised so far and the group wants the support of the community to reach the £60,000 mark.

Chairman Lyn Braithwaite said: “We did a survey that showed 90 per cent of parents took their children to parks in Kirkham and Lytham because of the lack of equipment in Freckleton.

“Parents told us there was not enough for toddlers, and children said they wanted a skate ramp and a big climbing frame.

“The current equipment is only just passing as safe; next year it will have to be ripped out.”

Cath Powell, centre manager of award-winning Park View, Lytham, welcomed the efforts of the group.

She added: “We would recommend anyone does this and gets a campaign group started.

“When you start it becomes a snowball effect and keeps going and going.

“The thing is to get the whole community involved. Freckleton has a great community and it should not take them a long time to raise the money.

“I would encourage all communities to do it. The first thing is to consult with children and see what they want and then go off and fund-raise.”

The friends’ group has had plans drawn up of the park they want to create, which includes four separate areas for different age groups.

They will be on display at a fun day at the park to raise money for the project on March 31, from 11am to 3pm.

Lyn added: “There will be loads going on as we celebrate the fun day.

“We’ll be having an Easter egg hunt, tombola, raffle and bouncy castle.

“We’ve seen the parks at Lytham and Kirkham and we want the same facilities here too for people in Freckleton.”