Work is set to start next week on a sand and water park at Lytham’s Park View 4U recreation area – with the aim that it will be ready for use in time for the school summer holidays.
The eagerly-anticipated new feature was switched to the QEII playing field at Park View after the project lost out to alternative plans from Lytham St Annes Civic Society in a bid to bring a new look to Lytham’s foreshore.
We are absolutely delighted to be starting the installation of the sand and water play area.Cath Powell, community development manager at Park View 4U
Funded by £395,000 from the Heritage Lottery’s Coastal Communities Fund, the state-of the art play area will be landscaped in a seaside theme.
In addition to it being a visitor attraction at the already immensely-popular Park View 4U site, the new feature will be used to deliver school education and activities about the natural surroundings of the coast.
Twelve new jobs – one full-time assistant site supervisor, two part-time education officers and nine additional cafe staff – are being created through the funding.
Cath Powell, community development manager at Park View 4U, said “We are absolutely delighted to be starting the installation of the sand and water play area.
“A lot of thought has gone into this scheme, and from the public reaction so far we know it will be extremely popular with both locals and visitors alike.
“We are also delighted to be working in partnership with Fylde Council.
“They will project manage the installation on behalf of ourselves and William Pye builders, who previously built the amphitheatre at Park View.
“We are not only creating an exciting new play area, but we are providing new jobs and education as well.
“The timing couldn’t be better as it coincides with the building of the opening of the Park View Eco Pod, from where we deliver environmental education so Beach Schools will now be added to the curriculum.
“We can’t wait to get going, and I am sure the whole of Lytham will be celebrating with us when they see the end result.”
Mark Wild, Fylde Council’s head of parks and green spaces, added: “We are delighted to be project managing this exciting new play area working in partnership with Park View 4U.
“The imaginative design is perfect for Park View and the quality of the landscaping will enhance the site even more.”