DELIGHTED children can now play in safety after money was secured to build a new facility.
A Multi Use Games Area (MUGA) will soon be available at Northfold Park in Cleveleys after Coun Andrea Kay was awarded £42,550 in Wyre Council’s Shaping Your Neighbourhood scheme.
The grant is the result of hard work from pupils at Northfold Primary School who have already completed enriching projects in the park and pushed for the MUGA’s inclusion.
Coun Kay went into the school to reveal the funding surprise to the children.
She said: “This all came from the children approaching me 12 months ago to adapt the park and make it safe for the community.
“Times are hard and it’s important we have a safe environment for them to play in, but when they came up with the idea for a MUGA I didn’t think I would get it in a million years.
“We have parks in other areas nearby but Northfold is out on a limb and we want them to have something closer to their homes.”
The Shaping Your Neighbourhood programme was developed by Wyre Council to give residents a chance to put forward ideas to develop the areas they live in.
Lucy Avis, a Year Six teacher at the Ringway primary school, says the pupils have been working towards securing the money over the last two years.
She said: “They were really excited, mainly because they now have somewhere to go and play and a lot of them are really happy.
“It’s a free place to go because parents can’t always afford to take their children somewhere, but now they’ve got something to do.
“The children now want to get a skatepark and plant more flowers in the park.”
Since adopting the park, the children have installed a notice board, benches and they currently run a scheme to make sure dog owners pick up their pet’s mess.
Alice Sangha, 10, a pupil at Northfold Primary school, said: “I felt happy and excited because it’s something we can get for free and I’m looking forward to using it.
“It’s good we can change the park and make it better for everyone else.
“I’m not sure where I would go on a night without the park because there’s nothing else like that around here.”
Classmate Kane Thomas, 11, added: “I’m really excited because it’s free to use and will be one of the best parks around here.
“I wanted to get something like this because I want to attract more people to the park and go somewhere else with my friends on a night.”