Revamped park is a community hub

Wesham Community Pride Trust secretary John Westmoreland, chairman Alan Clayton and project leader Martin Howarth.

Wesham Community Pride Trust secretary John Westmoreland, chairman Alan Clayton and project leader Martin Howarth.

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A COMMUNITY group is celebrating after its dream of a revamped park finally became a reality.

After 18 months and thousands of pounds worth of fundraising, Wesham’s Fleetwood Road playing fields will be officially re-opened on Saturday.

The project was spearheaded by Wesham Community Pride Trust, and when the ribbon is cut by the town’s mayor the playing fields will be renamed Wesham Community Park.

Coun Linda Nulty said: “The community has chosen what’s in the park.

“The main thing they wanted was safety, and we now have fencing around the play area.

“There’s also lots of equipment for toddlers to teenagers and the amount of people using it is unbelievable.

“There is always somebody on it.”

More than £100,000 has been spent on the re-vamp, including £85,000 from the Crossing Gate housing development, and the trust has said it is “extremely grateful” to both Fylde and Lancashire County Councils and the Lancashire Environmental Trust for their help.

Now, the trust hopes to raise more money to enable them to build a trim trail, multi-use games area and a nature area as part of phases two and three of the scheme.

Town councillor Martin Howarth, who led the project, said: “We hope the community of Wesham will be delighted with this wonderful new modern play area!

“There is still work to do on the park and we will continue working with the local schools, youth groups and wider community on the next steps to transform this important public facility.

“Together we are building a park to be proud of.”

A fun afternoon will take place on Saturday to mark the official opening, with a bouncy castle, football nets and circus skills between 1 and 4pm.

Mayor Theresa McGardle will officially cut the ribbon at 2pm.