Massive support for park plans from town’s youngest residents

An artists impression on how the cenotaph at Fleetwood Memorial Park will look after restoration
An artists impression on how the cenotaph at Fleetwood Memorial Park will look after restoration

Ideas from 800 Fleetwood youngsters will be incorporated into the multi million pound revamp of Fleetwood’s Memorial Park.

The town’s children flooded Wyre Council with their thoughts about what they would like to see happen when work starts on the park in April next year.

Online, through primary schools and via Tommy’s Youth Club, young people told the council what kind of sport and play facilities they’d like to see.

And their enthusiasm proved how important the project to transform the historic park means to the next generation of Fleetwood residents.

The most popular ideas that will be included in the final plan are:
n Redevelopment of the current play area to incorporate shelters, dynamic play equipment and structures for
free running;

n Additional play equipment near the existing play area for younger children;

n Creation of a multi-use games area;

n Renovation of two tennis courts;

Ideas for an outdoor gym area are also being explored.

Coun Lynne Bowen, cabinet member with responsibility for parks at Wyre Council, said: “We’re delighted with the feedback from young people on our plans and the enthusiasm they’ve shown towards restoring Memorial Park.

“As we approach the centenary of the First World War, we want to keep the story of the park and its heritage alive among the younger generation to ensure its legacy and enjoyment by future generations.”

The council is now appointing contractors and looking to recruit a development officer, funded by the Lottery grant, to work with the Friends of the Memorial Park, volunteers, schools and community groups.

There is also an activity programme planned to celebrate the park’s heritage and the history of Fleetwood. Work is due to start on site in April 2014 with the restoration of the park’s pavilion.