Astley Park play area plans are announced

ARTIST IMPRESSION: How the new play area will look in Astley Park

ARTIST IMPRESSION: How the new play area will look in Astley Park

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Plans for a themed ‘destination play area’ in Astley Park have been approved by Chorley Council.

Work will begin in the next few months to extend and improve the play facilities at the popular park, creating a destination play space with sections for younger and older children.

The improvements come after a consultation last year asked how Astley Park could be improved with one of the top answers being a destination play area.

The new play space will be located at the side of the pavilion and the current small play area.

It will have a theme of Royalists and Roundheads, with links to Astley Hall, where it is believed Oliver Cromwell once stayed.

The concept will be based on a castle ruin with natural stone to form ‘rooms’, which will be linked with footpaths. The play equipment will be spaced throughout and will include slides, climbing stacks, zip wires, swings, a hip-hop see-saw, balance trails, a wall tower and much more.

Coun Bev Murray who has responsibility of the Astley complex at Chorley Council, said: “We have listened to people’s views on how Astley Park can be improved and it’s great that these plans have been approved. The current play areas at Astley are quite small and this development will be yet another improvement to the facilities and offer of Astley Park.

“A destination play area provides a much wider range of play activities and equipment than regular play areas and we hope the new one at Astley will attract lots of local families as well as more users from outside the area.

“The choice of equipment and design has been informed by the public consultation the council did last year to ensure the play area will be well-used. Additionally, the designers have spoken to staff at Astley Hall to make sure the concept has strong links with the Hall and the history of the Park.

“Astley Hall, Coach House and Park is a spectacular visitor attraction that consistently gets excellent reviews on websites such as TripAdvisor but it is important that we continue to improve the offer and attract even more visitors.

Work is expected to begin on site in November with a view to the play area being finished in spring 2015.