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Play a part in park’s £2.4m revival

Volunteers are wanted to help make the multi-million pound renovation of Fleetwood's Memorial Park a success.

Volunteers are wanted to help make the multi-million pound renovation of Fleetwood's Memorial Park a success.

A major £2.4m makeover at a popular Fleetwood park has kicked up a gear as the biggest phase of the project to date gets under way.

Now the team behind the plans is calling for volunteers to help make the new-look Memorial Park somewhere for future generations to enjoy.

Preparations have been taking place ahead of contractors P Casey arriving on site last week to renovate the historic park. And Wyre Council, which was awarded £2.4m from the Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund for the project, wants to get as many people as possible involved in making the spruced-up park a hit with residents of all ages.

The park’s development officer, Kate Baird, said: “I’m a Fleetwood girl so this is a really exciting role for me.

“I have fond memories of using the park when I was younger. We would spend our summer days here.

“So it’s a huge responsibility and we want to broaden the appeal of the park so there’s something for everybody.

“What we want is for the community to get involved and have their input into it.”

Debra Thornton, the council’s events and volunteer support officer, said: “This is a funding opportunity that is second to none.

“It is not often you get this kind of money and we want to make the most of it.

“We are looking for as many people as we can get.

“It benefits everybody and people can give as much or as little time as they are able.”

The money will be used to restore the cenotaph as well as the park’s impressive gates and to create a new games area for the port’s youngsters.

Other projects include the restoration of the pavilion and renovation of the existing sports facilities.

The latest phase of the project will see the contractors renovate Remembrance Walk, repainting the iron gates and restoring the memorial. It will take around 12 months to complete.

Graham Lang, project manager for P Casey, said: “We will be taking all the original features and restoring them back to the quality they were originally built with.

“We are also bring the park into the 21st century and fetching in a wider section of the community.

“It caters for the whole community, which is great.”

And the plans have been welcomed by residents, who are looking forward to seeing the finished product.

Peter Scott, of Ribble Road, said: “They are doing everything and it’s being revamped in a very nice way.

“In general the feelgood factor is a lot better and I think the town needs it.

“It’s great something is happening here – things are changing and it’s a good feeling.”

Margaret Spore, of Rydal Avenue, said: “I am looking forward to seeing what they do. I love it here.

“I grew up around the park and I just hope they make it as good as other areas, like Morecambe.”

But she said she also hopes the investment will be kept safe from vandalism, a sentiment echoed by Mauveen Naylor, who lives next door to the park.

She said: “We see little kids going past with their cans of lager. If people aren’t going to respect it it will be a waste of money.”

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