Residents' chance to enhance their park

MOOR Park needs you!

Residents are urged to take a hands-on approach to making their park a better place to visit.

The Friends of Moor Park group has been created in a bid to restore the open space in Bispham to its former glory.

It is hoped to attract funding for projects such as re-opening the disused bowling green and improving footpaths. More events could also be held.

But the first step is to

attract more members to the Friends group, which has been set up by ward councillor Kath Rowson, former councillor Roy Lewis, local beat bobby PC Nigel Percival and Justine Hall from the council's parks department.

Coun Rowson said: "We're hoping that residents will get interested and involved and take ownership of the park.

"Friends groups can apply for external funding and I would like to see Moor Park brought back to its former glory.

"It would be up to the group to decide what its priorities are in terms of what needs doing.

"To me, one of the main priorities is to improve the main footpath through the park which is used by a lot of people but it floods when it rains.


"It would be nice to see the bowling green restored and the children's playground is in need of an upgrade as well. We would also like to hold more community events but it would be up to the group, when it is formed, to decide."

Coun Rowson has already allocated some of her ward funding to buying a new noticeboard for the park which will be put in place shortly. The move to form a new group follows the creation of a skateboard park on land on the other side of Moor Park


There are already 10 friends groups for parks in Blackpool, each with their own development plan.

Those that have held events have seen seen attendance multiply by about 20 times. Improvements include landscaping work at Devonshire Road rock gardens, Kingscote Park and Watson Road Park and a new playground at Mereside.

Anyone interested in joining the Friends of Moor Park should contact Justine Hall at the council on (01253) 478012.