A COMMUNITY park has taken a giant leap forward after its brand new cafe was declared officially open.
Park View 4 U’s community centre and cafe has been more than two years in the making – and the volunteers behind the Lytham park’s transformation are delighted to see their design finally up and running.
The ribbon was cut by youngster Bob Capstick as residents packed the park for the official ceremony, and Tony Croft, Park View 4 U chairman, said: “It is now two years since we first decided to have the new community centre and cafe, and it was lovely to see all the community groups and local individuals who have contributed to the build at the opening.
“I would like to thank them for their contribution to this project.
“The cafe means people have somewhere where they can stop on the park and get something to eat and a coffee – and, more importantly, there are toilets as well.”
The cafe was built on the site of the old changing rooms, which were demolished in 2010.
Its opening follows hot on the heels of the park’s amphitheatre, and means Park View now has facilities to host schools and community groups.
And it is hoped profits from the cafe will fund further projects and improvements.
Mr Croft said: “The massive boost for the park is going to be the profits generated by the cafe, which will help sustain the park in the future.
“We are making it into a hub for local community groups and there are already groups on the park now like the BMX club and the skateboarders who are using it for their meetings.
“The whole idea now is to bring in the community and get them involved on the park, so the community can take ownership of it for the future.
“There are going to be all sorts of projects running and we want them to come up with ideas.”