Open air theatre bid for town park

Marcus Clowes and David Hilton at the site of the cafe which is being built at Park View 4 U, Lytham
Marcus Clowes and David Hilton at the site of the cafe which is being built at Park View 4 U, Lytham
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AMBITIOUS plans are on the table to create a unique open-air arena and help complete the transformation of a community park.

Work has already begun on a state-of-the-art new community centre at Lytham’s Park View 4 U, and now plans have been unveiled to create an outdoor amphitheatre in the grounds of the town centre facility.

The community group behind the project has secured £46,000 from the Community Spaces (Lottery) Fund for the work, and Fylde Council’s cabinet are expected to rubber stamp the proposals when they meet next week.

Community centre development manager Cath Powell said: “The idea is to create an outdoor arena which is multi-functional for people to have picnics, presentations for the footballers and we’re looking for local organisations to use the amphitheatre for outdoor productions – anything from brass bands on a Sunday afternoon to plays in the park.

“The idea came about because we’ve held Park View’s Got Talent for the last few years and it’s been a great success and we have kids doing impromptu performances in the park so we thought why not build them a stage.”

As soon as Fylde Council give their approval to the scheme, Mrs Powell hopes work can get underway on the project with the amphitheatre set to be built in the grass area between the BMX track and bridge access to Ballam Road.

Meanwhile work has started on the foundations for the community centre, which is expected to take five months to build and will have a cafe, community room, office space and toilets.

Mrs Powell added: “We’ll be running a variety of programmes in the centre for the whole community, from drug and alcohol awareness sessions for youngsters, through to lots of fun inter-generational activities for whole families.

“It will provide a much-needed facility after creating such a busy park, and will help make sure the park is used year-round.”

Marcus Clowes, a director of Park View 4 U Ltd, the company created to operate the community centre, said: “So many people now use the park we need to have these facilities on site and available to the wider community. Fingers crossed we will be up and running by the back end of this year.”