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Funding boost for Knowsley parks

by Laura Johnston

Five Knowsley parks will benefit from improvements, thanks to a successful bid to a government parks’ funding initiative.

Knowsley Council has joined forces with community groups and ‘friends of’ parks groups to successfully bid for £125,000 of funding from the government’s ‘Pocket Parks Plus Programme’, aimed at improving and increasing green spaces.

In Knowsley, the funding will be used to enhance the toddler play area and create accessible paths at Mill Dam Park in Kirkby – building on the existing improvements already underway at the park.

At Acornfield Plantation in Kirkby, the aging boardwalks will be refurbished, while at Jubilee Park in Huyton, vandalised play equipment will be replaced and community planting activities organised.

The funding will also support the redevelopment of the Eddie McCardle Community Playing Fields bringing new signage, tree planting and landscaping to the site.

The restoration project currently underway at Bowring Park in Roby will also be enhanced, with the new funding bringing further improvements to the historic gardens.

Nationally the government’s Pocket Parks Plus fund allocated £3.75 million as a one-off grant to create new pocket parks and refurbish existing parks across the UK.