Work starts on play area

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Work has begun on Astley Park’s new themed ‘destination play area’, which is set to extend and improve the play facilities at the popular Chorley park.

Chorley Council is creating the new play space with sections for younger and older children, after a consultation last year revealed that a destination play area would be a big improvement to the facilities in Astley Park.

The new play space is being built at the side of the Pavilion and the current small play area.

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

The concept is based on a castle ruin with natural stone to form ‘rooms’, which are 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.