Zip wire route to a better park

Group chairman Ian Roberts and secretary Pam Curtis with a plan of Phase 1

Group chairman Ian Roberts and secretary Pam Curtis with a plan of Phase 1

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A ZIP wire and a teen shelter are leading the way as a community park gets set for a much-needed makeover – thanks to the hard work of local residents.

The Friends of Hope Street Park have spent more than three years tirelessly fundraising to bring the St Annes playground into the 21st Century.

And now – after their £123,000 project was given the go-ahead by Fylde Council – work is finally set to get under way.

Ian Roberts, chairman of the friends group, said: “We moved into Hope Street in summer 2008 and my granddaughter came to stay with us.

“We told her we lived opposite a park and took her to play on the swings but there weren’t any, because they had become dangerous and the council had taken them away.

“Now there’s going to be a toddlers play area, play structures for older kids – including swings – a zip wire and a teen shelter.”

The majority of the cash has come in the form of a £50,000 grant from the National Lottery Community Spaces fund, while the group also held fundraising events and received funds from the Local Strategic Partnership (LSP) and Lancashire County Council.

The work, to be carried out by Wickstead, is expected to start next month.

Local Coun Nigel Goodrich said: “Ian Roberts and the Friends of Hope Street Park have worked tremendously hard to realise this dream.

“The plans are great and will provide a lasting community park that is a credit to those who made it happen.”