New fun zones will attract much-needed tourism

An image showing three of five leisure zones along Fleetwood's seafront which will give the town's coastline a �1.5m redevelopment.
An image showing three of five leisure zones along Fleetwood's seafront which will give the town's coastline a �1.5m redevelopment.

‘Five for Fleetwood’ will see huge changes to the seafront, changes which those behind the masterplan hope will bring an influx of visitors to the town and boost the economy.

Fleetwood people have campaigned about the need for a skatepark, the importance of retaining a paddling pool and to bring new attractions to Fleetwood.

And Wyre councillors say their voices and appeals have made a difference.

Warren ward councillor Paul Treece Birch said: “We are elated, we have been pushing for this for a long time and it’s been accomplished.

“The people of Fleetwood should be proud of their 
efforts, they have shown they have been serious.”

The five zones will be dotted along the seafront, from Euston Park right along to Rossall Point.

At Euston Park, which provides a gateway to Fleetwood for people getting off trams and Fleetwood Ferry, new footpaths and planting will give the park the facelift it needs. The Grade II listed drinking fountain, erected in memory of two fishermen, will be restored and will 
become a main feature of the park.

Old run-down concrete shelters on the Esplanade side will also be upgraded.

Along the promenade, signage and information boards will be put up to direct visitors to the new attractions, and artwork will be incorporated to pique their curiosity. Resurfacing work, new street furniture and a possible refurbishment of the pier kiosk are also in the pipeline.

The leisure hub zone will be completely opened up – high walls will be 
removed where the splash pad will stand to create one big 
family-friendly space, allowing parents of children of 
different age groups to keep sight of them all. A new concession block will also be built next to the water play area with tables and chairs where people can enjoy picnics.

Further along the seafront, paths and buildings around the Marine Lake will get a makeover, and pleasure boats will run during the summer months.

And right at the end, at Rossall Point, there are plans to create an ecology zone to capitalise on the diverse wildlife around the point.

Coun Peter Gibson said: “Next summer we will have a 
waterfront that puts Fleetwood firmly on the tourism map. From that comes an inevitable boost to the local economy and then the potential for even more investment.”

The Coastal Communities Fund is Big Lottery Funding delivered on behalf of the Government to regenerate and boost coastal economies.