Major funding plan for Wirral's play areas
February 14, 2019
Almost a million pounds is due to be spent on a massive upgrade and improvement programme of children’s play areas across Wirral.
The funding is being used to enhance existing play areas, making them more enjoyable for local children to play on and extending the lifecycle of the equipment.
The aim is to provide better more attractive places for children to play, be active and socially interact and an initial programme which started last year is set to be extended for a further three years in a comprehensive programme across the borough.
Initial works have already started, ranging from painting equipment and furniture to both make them more attractive and prolong their life expectancy to replacing worn out, missing or damaged equipment and surfacing.
Cabinet member for leisure and recreation, Cllr Phillip Brightmore, said: “This is a welcome investment for children and their parents across Wirral, who can benefit from the improved and repaired play areas – many of which are located in our wonderful award-winning parks and green spaces.
“The plans are only able to be implemented because of the careful budget management, careful investment of Council resources to ensure long term funding to replace the reduction in central Government grants which have reduced significantly over recent years.
“Despite the financial challenges we’ve faced Wirral has many award winning parks and open spaces, not least because of the investment by the local authority but also the commitment and hard work of the many volunteers across the borough who give up their time to help look after them.
“The play areas provide somewhere parents can take their children at little or no cost and can provide hours of entertainment in a safe and pleasant environment. This is an investment in our children and their future.”
The last year saw £240,000 spent on upgrading play areas and the Cabinet is being asked to approve funding of £710,000 spread over the next three years when it meets on Monday February 18.
Among those already benefiting from the investment is Bedford play area in Birkenhead which has been recently painted and where damaged equipment and surfacing has been replaced and new seating installed, along with a new litter bin and signs.
Central Park has been without a much loved piece of equipment for some time – its “Spacenet” has now been replaced as part of these works after the original net had to be taken down as it was worn out, with additional work planned.
Play areas being prioritised for repairs and improvements are:
Ashton Park– West Kirby: Complete
Bedford Road – Birkenhead: Complete
Birkenhead Park – Birkenhead: Initial phase Complete
Brookhurst Park – Bromborough: Complete
Eaton Place – Birkenhead: Complete
Grange Community Park – West Wirral: Complete
Meols Park, Hoylake and Meols : Complete
Quarry Recreation Ground – Wallasey: Complete
Central Park – Wallasey: Initial work done, replacement Spacenet installed
Still to be completed:
Thornton Hough Village Green – Thornton Hough
Tollemache Recreation Ground – Birkenhead
Mersey Park – Birkenhead
New Ferry Park – New Ferry
2nd phase will include:
Arrowe Park; Gayton Playing field
Marfords Park in Clatterbridge
Thorsway in Birkenhead
Upton Park in Leasowe & Moreton East ward.