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Park play area improvements underway

by Cathy Sheel

Children using play areas at parks in Halewood, Huyton, Kirkby and Cronton will soon welcome the arrival of new play equipment.

The second phase of a programme of improvement works at play areas across the borough is underway which will see the replacement of damaged and old play structures with a range of new, state-of-the-art equipment.

The works will take place at:

Halewood: The Hollies at Hilton Grace Playing Field,

Huyton: Bowring Park,

Kirkby: Pingwood Play Area, Old Rough Park, Field Lane Park, Memorial Park and Webster Park,

Cronton: The Pasture in Cronton

The programme is funded by a £350,000 investment from the council, as well as funding from developer contributions on some sites. Works are expected to be completed by winter 2023.

What are the improvements?

The following works are planned for the coming months:

  • Pingwood Park – The play area will be removed due to health and safety concerns. A new play area is being developed nearby at the new Tower Hill development. The multi-use games area will remain and will undergo improvement and repair.
  • Old Rough Park – The play areas have been removed due to health and safety concerns. The council will be engaging with local residents to design a new play area over the coming months to be installed on the site.
  • Field Lane Park will have play pieces installed to replace the Green gym equipment that was removed in 2022 due to health and safety concerns, and the pavement will be repaired.
  • Webster Park will have a number of pieces and safety surfacing works repaired and replaced, including a new toddler slide unit.
  • Memorial Park will have a have a number of pieces and safety surfacing works repaired and replaced including a new large multi-play piece.
  • The Hollies at Hilton Grace playing fields will undergo path improvements and the installation of two new play pieces.
  • The Pasture at Cronton will undergo a range of works including installation of new swings and climbing units in the junior and infant play areas.

In addition to these works, new play improvements will also be delivered at Stockbridge Village play area and Bowring Park. Stockbridge Village will see a new fenced toddler play area created in collaboration with For Housing and Vibe – funded by the Veolia Environment Fund. At Bowring Park contractors are on site installing a junior play area to complement the infant play offer – which remains open while works are on-going.

Cllr Shelley Powell, Knowsley Council’s Cabinet Member for Communities and Neighbourhoods said: “We’re delighted to be investing in these play area improvements at parks across the borough. These are much-loved facilities, well used by children and families in their local communities and these improvements and the installation of this new, state-of-the-art play equipment will be yet another reason to visit our great, green spaces in Knowsley.”

For further information relating to these works, please contact Knowsley Council on 0151 443 3682 or e-mail ess.enquiries@knowsley.gov.uk