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Boost for play facilities in Chorley

Monday, 23rd March 2015

PLAY areas across the Chorley borough are being dramatically improved to give local children better recreational facilities.

As part of a five year plan, Chorley Council has set about improving the play equipment in a number of parks and recreation grounds while also building completely new facilities including the much anticipated destination play area in Astley Park.

One of the latest play areas to be given an overhaul is Jubilee Recreation Ground in Adlington. 
New equipment have been installed in the last month which includes a basket swing, two flat seat swings, a hip-hop see-saw, a multi-unit climbing frame and slide, a turn fly, supernova, picnic benches, new seating, a skyrail and a titan swing.  Funding for this has come from section 106 money from nearby housing developments, Chorley Council and Adlington Town Council.
Also set for an upgrade is the play area on Stansted Road in Chorley with new equipment being installed in the next few weeks. 

The next phase of the redevelopment of Rangletts Recreation Ground is also moving at pace with designs for the new skate and BMX park unveiled this week.  The layout includes a mix of street and transition elements with high drop-offs, long fly outs and smooth undulating transitions.  Features include bowls, a bowled mini ramp, ledge, flat bank, jump box, quarter-pipe hip, volcano and wall-rides.

Work will start on the new skate and BMX park in July and will follow on from the development of the brand new multi-use games area and extended play facilities, which are due to be completed in the summer.

Recent visitors to Astley Park will also have noticed that the new Royalists and Roundheads-themed destination play area is also starting to take shape with the majority of play equipment installed and the castle ruins nearly built.  The destination play area is still on schedule to open in late spring
Councillor Bev Murray, who has responsibility for play and recreational facilities at Chorley Council, said: “Residents have been telling us that they want better play facilities for local children across the Chorley borough and we have listened to their suggestions. 

“By the time summer arrives, children will have lots of choice on where to play and it will be fantastic to see them enjoying excellent facilities right on their doorstep.

“We want to ensure that everyone across the borough has the opportunity to access good sport, physical activity and recreational facilities and these recent developments are just the start of a programme of investment in our parks, playing pitches and open spaces.”

The designs for the new play areas have been produced in consultation with local children, skate groups and parents.

ENDS

Pic caption:
Picture 1: A design of the new skate and BMX park at Rangletts Recreation Ground
Picture 2: A design of the new play area on Stanstead Road, Chorley
Picture 3: Work in progress: the development of the new destination play area at Astley Park
For more information, contact Campaigns and Engagement Manager (Events), Louise Finch on 01257 515062 

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