Revamp for park playground

Watson Road Park, Blackpool, has received a �20,000 funding boost to upgrade its playground.
Watson Road Park, Blackpool, has received a �20,000 funding boost to upgrade its playground.
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A Blackpool park is celebrating a £20,000 funding boost which will be used to upgrade its children’s playground.

Seven new pieces of equipment will be purchased for Watson Road Park in South Shore, as well as new safety surfacing.

The money has come from the SITA Trust after the Friends of Watson Road Park made a successful grant application to its Landfill Communities Fund.

Following consultation earlier in the year, designs have been put forward aimed at making the playground more family friendly.

Bill Eccles, chairman of the Friends of Watson Road Park, said “The Friends of Watson Road Park, with the help of Blackpool Council, are pleased to announce an application for a grant of £20,000 for new equipment and refurbishment of our playground has been successful.

“With so much equipment taken out of the playground on safety concerns over the last few years, I‘m sure everybody from our group and all using the playground would like to thanks SITA Trust for their generous grant.”

Coun Graham Cain, cabinet secretary for Blackpool Council, added: “Parks are a really important part of creating healthy communities, where children can get outside and enjoy some fun exercise, while also developing their social skills by playing with other children.

“This is a much needed renovation to bring more parents and families in to the park and I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.”

Marianne Ivin, of SITA Trust, added: “This very active ‘Friends of’ group have made some fantastic progress in making sure this project is really community led and focused.

“It will be a great sense of achievement to finally see the play area come together.”

Work will start in the new year and is due to be completed by Easter.