Ports’ new leisure facilities take shape

The new Skate Bowl at Marine Hall gardens on The Esplanade in Fleetwood is taking place - update pictures.'Pictured is Jack Moore.'20th April 2015
The new Skate Bowl at Marine Hall gardens on The Esplanade in Fleetwood is taking place - update pictures.'Pictured is Jack Moore.'20th April 2015

Work is well underway to improve leisure facilities at several sites in Fleetwood.

Contractors moved in recently to the Marine Gardens to construct the town’s first skatepark and big changes can already be seen.

It’s all part of the £1.5m Five for Fleetwood scheme which will see changes to the town’s coastline.

Further along the seafront at Euston Park, the big tools have been put down while finer details are tended to.

The original shelters have been restored back to their former glory and contractors are taking a planned break while they wait for the finishing touches to artwork installations to be completed.

Heavy landscaping works were due to continue this week.

In the town’s Memorial Park, exciting changes are under way to install brand new play equipment, chosen by Fleetwood school children.

The play equipment on the playing field will be ripped out to make way for a new unit for two to five-year-olds with a ramp climber, lookout tower, scramble net, bridge, play wheel and a lion play panel.

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said: “We talked to children at St Wulstan’s and St Edmunds, Shakespeare and Flakefleet Sure Start Centre and there was unanimous agreement on what they wanted!

“The wraps will also soon be off new parkour – also known as free running – equipment which will also be on the playing field.”

Parkour is all about running, jumping and climbing to overcome obstacles.

It requires strength, balance and agility and is for eight-year-old children upwards.

Play equipment for those over seven will also be constructed.

Children will be able to scale new heights with a high slide, rope ladder, climbing walls, fireman’s pole and thorn climber!

The park’s two tennis courts, originally built in the 1920s are being restored for modern day use and a state of the art multi games area is destined to go alongside.

“We are aiming to have all this in place by the end of May, in good time for summer fun!” Wyre Council added.