Neston's Ringway Park play area has been officially reopened following a £40,000 scheme to improve provision.
Improvements, including new play equipment, natural play features, a new pathway to provide year round access and seating are now in place – thanks to Cheshire West and Chester Council’s Greenspace team working in partnership with the CAN group, Plus Dane Housing Trust and other council teams.
The area has been funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council, Cllr Andy Williams’ member budget grant, The Veolia Environmental Trust and Neston Town Council.
At an open day for the park last week, residents had the opportunity to explore the facilities and take part in some special activities including making smoothies from the smoothie bike, face painting by the CAN group and Dr Bike was on hand to check bikes for safety and undertake minor repairs. Brio Bear and staff from Neston Leisure Centre also visited.
Cllr Williams said: “Ringway Park’s play provision was previously quite poor and I am delighted the hard work of a number of partner organisations has resulted in the improvements we see today.
“Later in the year we will also be planting a hedge and some trees to naturally enhance the site.”
When planning the work, the council consulted the local community, via meetings, leaflets and on-site discussions, to seek their views and ideas.
The feedback received helped to identify the priorities and gauge views from young people about what play equipment they would like to see installed.
The acting executive director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Maria Cade, added: “It is great to hear that this project is now complete. The play area will provide a place for young people and families to meet up and enjoy active, outdoor play.
“I hope that the new equipment is enjoyed by the community of Ringway for many years to come.”
CAN Group is a grant-funded community group that has been successfully running family activity programmes in Neston since 2005.
For further information contact Greenspace project officer Mary Lavery on 01606 288541.