Solaris Park playground to undergo revamp thanks to Blackpool's Co-op shoppers

The Friends of Solaris Park in South Shore are working hard to restore the play area, thanks to community funding.

Friday, 14th August 2020, 3:45 pm

The Solaris Centre park's play area, on New South Promenade in Blackpool, had not been revamped since it was first installed in 2014.

But thanks to donations from the South Shore community, the Friends of Solaris Park volunteers can now give the play area a new lease of life.

Donations came through the Co-op local community fund, which raises money for selected local causes by taking 1 per cent from shoppers’ own brand purchases and donating them directly to community groups.

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The play equipment on Solaris Park has not been painted since 2014, but thanks to the Co-op community fund volunteers can now revamp the play area.

Rossalyn Tindall, secretary of the volunteer group, said: "The play equipment is being given a new coat of paint by a local contractor and volunteers will clean all areas on the play equipment.

"We'll also paint the seating, which will cost £1,100. We are using the residue of funds received through the Co-op scheme, plus a little extra from the Friends group.

"A total of £1,500 will be spent on the project, and some will go towards new benches for the perimeter of grounds."

The Friends of Solaris Park group was formed in 2017, and has since reformed the park to maintain its play area and install a dementia-friendly garden with brightly coloured fences and flowers.

The swings on Solaris Park will be painted for the first time since they were installed in 2014.

Work will continue over this weekend, and the playground will reopen on Monday August 17.

Contractor Wayne Stubbs, of Brush Strokes, is lending a hand to the Friends of Solaris Park to paint all the play equipment after receiving funding from the Co-op.