Work is set to begin to build new play area for Anchorsholme Park

An artists impression of the new cafe area at Anchorsholme Park
An artists impression of the new cafe area at Anchorsholme Park
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Work is due to begin in July to build a new children’s playground for Anchorsholme Park as part of the redevelopment of the attraction.

The scheme is expected to take 20 weeks to complete.

Blackpool Council has appointed Jupiter Play and Leisure Ltd to carry out the work.

It asked for an ‘inclusive’ design which will allow children of different physical abilities to play together, with consideration also given to children with autism.

The value of the contract is £240,000, of which £175,000 has been contributed by water company United Utilities with the council providing £65,000 towards the project.

Since 2015, the park has been occupied by engineers from United Utilities which is investing £80m to improve the way sewage is treated.

When the park re-opens, it is set to have a new bowling club, a cafe, outdoor seating area, children’s playground, sports area with tennis courts, and a trim trail.

Planning permission has been granted for the project which has been designed in consultation with residents.

Visitors will be able to access the park directly from the beach and a new stretch of Prince’s Way where multi-million pound improved sea defences are already open.