Families back play park bid

Tommy Threlfall of The Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park (right) shows the plans to Andy McCummell.
Tommy Threlfall of The Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park (right) shows the plans to Andy McCummell.
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PLANS for an ambitious family play park have been backed by residents.

Friends of Freckleton Memorial Park have raised almost £3,500 to replace an old play area with one designed for youngsters and families.

The group, set up by village residents, says it means families will not have to travel to Lytham or Blackpool’s Stanley Park.

Lyn Braithwaite, a founding member of the group, said: “Our park is nowhere near where it should be for a village.

“Some of the equipment needs to be repaired and it’s not very good and going rotten, so we decided to form a group.

“We have been granted space by the parish council to use the whole park and they have told us to draw up a plan and install a range of equipment.”

The park will include family-friendly facilities, swings and an area for disabled children to play.

Mrs Braithwaite added: “We need funding so families can come here for a good day out and not go to Lytham.”

The plans were put on display as the group held a weekend of bumper Easter events at the park.

Andy McCunnell, 40, of Old Preston Road, Freckleton, said: “The plans are excellent. It’s going to be safe for the kids and in all honesty, it’s fantastic.

“I have two children and I’m willing to let them on there without a shadow of a doubt.”

Mum-of-three Vicky Smith, 33, of Naze Lane East, Freckleton, added: “This will help to keep everyone in the area. I always end up going to Stanley Park but this will give us something to do. The park is terrible at the moment but if they get this it will be really good.”

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