Grosvenor Park celebrates brand new play provision!
The ambition of a group of local residents and Heaton-with-Oxcliffe Parish Council to provide children with a safe and exciting place to play was realised this week when the brand new £54K Grosvenor Park Play Area – designed and installed by Wicksteed Playgrounds - was officially opened. The Parish Council and local residents have been working with Lancaster City Council for months to develop plans and source funding for an exciting new facility which would cater for all ages up to 12 years old, including those with disabilities
Funds were finally found and the new play area has met, and will continue to meet, the vision of Parish Councillors to develop an innovative play area that gives children the opportunity to benefit from active play and fun, whatever their ability.
Open Day with Grosvenor Park School Council, elected Members from the Parish and City Councils, representatives from funders, local residents & Wicksteed Playgrounds’ ASM, Adrian – who dished out goody bags!
Grosvenor Park Play Area in Morecambe, has been in existence for 25 years, but equipment had become old and worn and most of it had been removed for safety reasons. The poor state of the play area also unfortunately led to problems with anti-social behaviour.
Working with the local authority a broad specification was drawn up and the project put out to tender. From the beginning, it was considered that the design submitted by Wicksteed, whilst not the cheapest, was most certainly the best value for money offering an amazing nine pieces of equipment, as well as seating, in what is a pretty compact area!
Heaton-with-Oxcliffe Parish Clerk, Bob Bailey, said: “Wicksteed also offered advice and support, and were extremely patient throughout many months of securing the funds for the project and were always willing to discuss the design and plans in more details with Members and residents, and myself. Some unforeseen ground conditions and extremely cold and wintry weather hampered progress at times but after six weeks the play area was completed and the results are stunning! We now have a really exciting facility with equipment including Castle Galahad and Little Miss Muffet multi-play systems, a Viking swing with basket, Crazy Twister, sit on and sit in Springies and a DDA compliant Swirl roundabout. All complemented by woodland-themed ground graphics and a seating and picnic area.”
Since completion, Bob has regularly been contacted by residents congratulating and thanking the Parish Council for what they have done. Grosvenor Park Play Area is now a vibrant play area with children and their families enjoying time together in a safe environment. He concluded by saying: “It is the most satisfying feeling and a great reminder - in these difficult times for most families - of what can be achieved with excellent partnerships between communities, district and parish councils and a provider like Wicksteed Playgrounds, who are prepared to go that extra mile!”