Awards hat-trick for parks

Jean Stansfield Memorial Park gates Poulton 2012

Jean Stansfield Memorial Park gates Poulton 2012

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It’s celebration time in Wyre after three of the borough’s parks secured a hat trick of prestigious awards.

Hawthorne Park and Wyre Estuary Country Park in Thornton have retained their Green Flag status for 2013, while Jean Stansfield Memorial Park in Poulton has clinched the same award for the first time.

The parks won the awards – the benchmark national standard for open spaces – for their involvement with the community, their facilities and improvements.

Stephanie Hasty, a spokesman of Friends of Jean Stansfield Memorial Park on Vicarage Road, said: “We are absolutely delighted to win the award.

“We are a small park in Poulton and to win it has been a great achievement after working alongside Wyre Council.

“We’ve done new pathways, new lighting and created a central recreation area where we can put events on and there’s also been new drainage, planting and seating.

“We have a very small group working hard for the community and this shows recognition for all our hard work.”

The park recently won £65,000 to improve the children’s play area as part of Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme.

Work will begin at the beginning of September and it is expected to be open in October.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said: “This is wonderful news and deserved recognition for the excellent way in which the parks are managed and the high standard of facilities.”

Wyre Estuary Country Park, off River Road in Stanah, has won the award nine years in a row while its the third year for Hawthorne Park, off Hawthorne Road.

To find out more about the park, visit The Friends of Jean Stansfield on Facebook.