Help us get some swings for Fleetwood’s Memorial Park

Pat Greaves (treasurer of the Friends of Memorial Park)  Kate Baird (Memorial Park Duty Officer) and Ella Fletcher (member of  the Friends group).
Pat Greaves (treasurer of the Friends of Memorial Park) Kate Baird (Memorial Park Duty Officer) and Ella Fletcher (member of the Friends group).

Fleetwood’s Memorial Park may have been extensively revamped and improved thanks to a £2.4m restoration grant - but one thing missing is a traditional set of swings.

The park, which this year won its first ever Green Flag award in recognition of quality maintenance and facilities, has not had any flat-seat swings for older children since the previous decrepit set had to be removed for safety reasons last year.

However, a fund-raising campaign is underway to ensure the park can get a set of four such swings - including one disabled-friendly swing.

The Friends of the Memorial Park have now reached the halfway stage in a £12,000 campaign and would welcome any help to reach their target.

Pat Greaves, treasurer of the Friends group, said: “The park is a lot better since the restoration and there are several different sets of new swings - cradle swings and bucket swings for younger children. There are also two new climb and slide units, a roundabout and parcourt play equipment. But the thing we don’t have now is the traditional swings for older children. We have held all sorts of fund-raisers to reach £6,000 over the last few years, such as park fun days, pumpkin carving, tea and coffee events. Now we’ve reached the halfway point we want to raise the next six thousand more quickly. The swings would be the icing on the cake.”

A poster highlighting their plans is now on show in the Memorial Park’s pavilion.

The £2.4m improvement project at the park includes restoration of the war memorial, entrances, pond, pathways and pavilion and a greater range of sports and play facilities. Anyone who wants to help the Friends campaign can phone group chairman Les Fletcher on (01253) 779143 or email Kate Baird, Memorial Park Duty Officer, on kate.baird@wyre.gov.uk