Fylde coast play area open a year after funding granted

A view of Park View's new sand and water play facility
A view of Park View's new sand and water play facility

Exactly one year to the day after a Fylde coast park group received its funding, a new sand and water play facility has opened.

The team at Lytham’s Park View 4U park won Heritage Lottery Coastal Communities Fund cash to the tune of £395,000 to create the scheme, originally earmarked for the former Scruples nightclub site on the foreshore off Lytham Green.

Juliette Gooden on one of the slides

Juliette Gooden on one of the slides

However, councillors decided they preferred a project by Lytham St Annes Civic Society to build an art-themed seating area on that site, for which funding is being sought.

The Park View team decided to press on when Lottery chiefs told them they could create their play scheme on their Park View Road playing fields.

A spokesman for Park View said: “We are delighted to announce that our new Sand and Water Play area opened on August 1.

“Park View 4U would like to thank the Coastal Community Fund, Fylde Council, William Pye Ltd, Re Landscape, WHGood, and Lytham Lawns for the magnificent addition to our Park and to all our park users for their continuing support.”

We are delighted to announce that our new Sand and Water Play area opened on August 1

The scheme will create 12 new jobs within the park – one full-time assistant site supervisor, two part-time education officers and nine additional cafe staff.

Bebe Nickson, five, enjoying the new sand features

Bebe Nickson, five, enjoying the new sand features

Plenty of smiling faces at the sand and play opening

Plenty of smiling faces at the sand and play opening