£200,000 revamp of park’s playground

Farington Park improvements
Farington Park improvements
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A £200,000 regeneration plan to improve the play area at Farington Park has been drawn up.

The park, off Stanifield Lane, will see new footpaths and an improved playground as part of ambitious new plans to spruce it up.

It will include an extended playground, with new older children’s play area, a new footpath and cycleway and improving the banks around the fishing pond.

A scheme costing £47,000 was already finished at the park earlier this year.

Mike Otter, who represents Farington East at South Ribble Council, said: “We do get a lot of dog walkers in the park so having a new path that runs right about the border will be good for them.

“We will also hopefully have a new cycle path that links the park to the new estate on Centurion Way.

“These things together with the improved play area will make the park a place people really want to visit and enjoy.”

The plans were shown to the public at a consultation on Monday night.

There will also be better screening from houses beyond the park and a multi-use games area with new swings, stepping logs, nets and climbing apparatus.

Sue Whittam, clerk to Farington Parish Council, said she hoped the plans would prove popular with residents.

She said: “People do use the park at the moment and I use it for going to walks but it was looking a bit tired.

“By pumping some money into the park, it will hopefully make it a lovely place for people to enjoy.

“I went to the consultation on Monday night and it looks fantastic. I think it will be really attractive.

“We haven’t had anything done in Farington for a while and now it is all happening at once.

“The younger children will have their own separate area away from the older children, which will make it a proper play areas. I also like the new pathways.

“With Farington you haven’t got a main centre but this, together with plans for Mill Street, will really give Farington its own identity, which I think is very important.”

Farington Park is one of six in South Ribble to be nominated for the Queen Elizabeth Fields Challenge.

The scheme, run by charity Fields in Trust, seeks to celebrate next year’s diamond jubilee by protecting green spaces from development for future generations to enjoy.

Residents can vote online for Farington Park, as well as Much Hoole playing field, Middleforth Green, Croston Manor, Withy Grove Park and Gregson Lane Park at www.qe2fields.com

Sue Whittam said: “This will protect the park for the future if it is successful. We would encourage everyone to vote for it.”