Work is starting on improvements to Congleton Park after 200 families were asked what changes they wanted to see.
The work will be funded by £50,000 from the FCC Communities Foundation Fund, and additional funding from housing developments in Congleton and the Cheshire East Parks Development Fund.
The investment will see a new range of facilities in the park and much-needed improvements to the existing toddler play area.
The proposed new facilities will provide many opportunities for active and imaginative play, with an emphasis on reducing social isolation and giving opportunities for children of all abilities to play together
The improved play area will provide an important facility for people of all ages to interact around, encouraging community cohesion and further strengthening the identity of the park.
Consultation and feedback sessions took place with a variety of interest groups, including local ward members, Congleton Town Council, community group Friends of Congleton Park and local schools to determine aspirations for the play area. Following the procurement process and design submissions, further community groups were consulted and their feedback was incorporated.
Ralph Kemp, Cheshire East Council’s head of environmental services, said: “Congleton Park is a well-used and popular destination, attracting visitors from far and wide. However, the play area was beginning to look rather tired.
“Thanks to the hard work of the team and this generous grant, young visitors and local children will now have a new range of play equipment to enjoy for many years to come.”
Glen Williams, chairman of The Friends of Congleton Park, said ‘We are really excited that the junior play space is to receive significant investment to provide a modern and sympathetic play area that will provide many opportunities for active and imaginative play.
“We are really pleased that the plans reflect the surrounding landscape of the park with an emphasis on the flora, fauna and the River Dane.
The Friends consulted around 200 young people, parents and staff from a range of organisations, including Daven Primary School, Congleton Children’s Centre Stay and Play Group, New Life Church Nursery and Bromley Farm Youth Club.
Work on the park will start during the week beginning 25 November, with an estimated completion date of late December. The play area will be closed during this time.