Glee all the way at parks

Play area at Ashton Gardens, St Annes
Play area at Ashton Gardens, St Annes
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IT promises to be fun all the way for the youngsters of the Fylde as a host of exciting park play area plans continue to take shape.

The opening of the new £230,000 play area at Kirkham’s Memorial Park on Good Friday is set to be quickly followed by the unveiling of brand new facilities in St Annes’ Ashton Gardens.

And work starts next month on the £194,000 scheme to improve Lytham’s Mornington Road playing field.

Meanwhile, the revolutionary new-look playground at Waddington Road, St Annes, will have its official opening a week on Saturday and residents around the nearby Hope Street Recreation Ground are hopeful that work can start on a new play area there soon.

An extended new play area has been proving popular for some months at Lytham’s Lowther Gardens, while plans are in the pipeline for a major upgrade to the facilities at Fleetwood Road, Wesham.

Fylde Council, working in conjunction with residents’ action groups, have been making the most of third-party funding for such projects and the council’s parks development officer Adam Nagy said it is an exciting time for play faciliities across the area.

“I think it all started with the upgrade to the King George V playing field facilities in St Annes,” he said.

“The residents approached us with their plan and other such groups have seen what is possible.”

The new play area at Kirkham’s memorial park opened last Friday, to the delight of local youngsters and the Friends of Kirkham Parks, who have been busy raising funds for the project for over two years.

The largest single slice of funding for the forthcoming Mornington Road project came from the National Lottery, while other cash is from Fylde Council, Lancashire Environment Fund, Lancashire County Council, Veolia Environmental Trust and New Fylde Housing.

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