£40,000 park investment on ground outside Ibbison Court

Coun John Jones and Coun Graham Cain at the building of a new playground by Ibbison Court, Blackpool
Coun John Jones and Coun Graham Cain at the building of a new playground by Ibbison Court, Blackpool
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Work has begun on a new £40,000 park to brighten up one of Blackpool’s most densely populated areas.

The new playground is being built on ground outside Ibbison Court, off Central Drive.

Hopefully this will have a really positive impact

The project is being carried out by Blackpool Council and Groundwork, and will include a slide, swings and a climbing wall.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for leisure and tourism and councillor for Bloomfield ward, said: “Blackpool is a densely populated town at the best of times, and around Central Drive it is probably more enclosed than anywhere else.

“This park will help to improve the look of Central Drive, making it greener and more colourful, and we think that it could help to make it nicer for families and the local businesses too.

“The investment will cover the installation of the new equipment, as well as committing to maintaining the park in the coming years.

“Part of the reason why we are doing this work is to make that area safer and more enjoyable for everybody who lives nearby, and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.”

The £40,000 cost is from the council’s Leisure Management Budget, which is income generated by the council’s sports centres and parks.

Local ward councillor for Bloomfield ward, Coun John Jones, said: “Everybody knows that Central Drive needs a bit of lift – it’s no secret.

“Whenever I speak to local people they mention the area and ask what we can do to clear it up and make it nicer.

“Hopefully, this will have a really positive impact on the local area.

“The playground and park tie in nicely with the new community planting garden at the back of Ibbison Court too.

“All of these things help the community foster a pride in the local area, which will hopefully encourage people to continue to look after the area.”

Mike Crowther, Groundwork’s director of communities, said: “We believe it’s really important for everyone to be part of a community where people enjoy living and working together.

“This project will not only improve the appearance of the local area, but also provide a range of opportunities to improve your overall health and wellbeing.”