The first phase of a major revamp of the children’s play area in a green belt village has been completed.
The £55,000 improvement scheme has been carried out at the Johnston Recreation Ground in Willaston.
Children and residents helped to shape the scheme which includes new play equipment, safety surfacing, the creation of a new pathway around the play area, the provision of picnic benches and seating, bins, entrance improvements, a quiet area, natural play features and the installation of mini football goals.
Funding came from WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund, Cheshire West and Chester Council, the council’s Rural Support Fund, a contribution from the member budget of Willaston and Thornton ward borough councillor Myles Hogg (Con), a donation from Willaston & South Wirral Rotary Club and money raised by local fundraising activities led by Willaston Residents’ and Countryside Society.
Richard Smith, senior grant manager in Cheshire for WREN, said: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make a difference to children and families in Willaston.
“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that benefit local communities and this is a great example of what can be achieved.”
Cllr Hogg said: “Johnston’s Recreation Ground is so important to the local children and residents who wanted to make sure that the improvements included something for everyone.
“There is now more equipment for the toddler age range, provision of a kick about area and better access and provision of seating for adults whilst children play and enjoy the facilities. And the fundraising does not stop there. Money is now being raised for the final phase of improvements.”