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Animal-themed playground for Stanley Park

Artists impression of new playground proposed for Stanley Park.

Artists impression of new playground proposed for Stanley Park.

YOUNGSTERS are set to go wild for a new £150,000 animal-themed playground planned for Blackpool.

It is proposed to replace the old children’s playground at Stanley Park with new swings and slides based on exotic designs.

Consultation has now started on the plans which include a lion’s head slide, rocking horses, see saws and roundabouts.

Half the park has a safari theme with the other half reflecting the farmyard.

Colourful graphics will be incorporated into the surfacing to include snakes and ladders.

The park will be placed next to the adventure playground, which opened in 2010 after a £400,000 investment funded through the Government’s Play Pathfinder programme.

While the latter is aimed at older children, the proposed new play area will be for two to eight-year-olds.

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet member for tourism and culture on Blackpool Council, told The Gazette: “This is an excellent opportunity to help shape the future of the park.”

Elaine Smith, chairman of the Friends of Stanley Park which has also been involved in preparing the designs, added: “We’re delighted with the new playground plans.

“The old playground is very much in need of some repair and we think this animal-themed design is a fabulous concept to improve it.

“The people who have seen the designs so far have been very active with suggestions which we welcome and it’s really got people talking.”

Stanley Park has also seen £350,000 invested in a new BMX track which opened in 2011, with a grant from Cycling England.

The Friends of Stanley Park are leading the public consultation which runs until Sunday at the visitor centre, between 10am and 2pm daily.

Adult and child questionnaires are being handed out so people can give their feedback. The playground will be funded by external grant aid and bids are currently being prepared.

Marton ward councillor Jim Elmes also welcomed the scheme.

He said: “There is something for the older children at the moment, but this will be for the younger ones and I think it will be great for all families in the area.

“Everyone should go along and have a look at the plans which look very exciting.”

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