Cash boost of £40k looks set to be channelled into Haslam Park play area in Ashton

Funding of £40k to give a park in Preston a new look is set to be released.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Monday, 16th December 2019, 9:55 am
Haslam Park in Ashton

The play area at Haslam Park in Ashton is to be the recipient after the friends group secured the cash.

Preston City Council’s Cabinet is set to channel the funding through in a vote on Wednesday, December 18.

The funding will be used to install a new balance beam, double slide and activity net, swings, roundabout and will also see other equipment refurbished.

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Christopher Smith of Friends of Haslam Park group said: "We have secured further grant funding to restore the children's play area at Haslam Park in Ashton.

"A grant of £4,400 has been received from local charity the Harris Trust.

"The money will be used to buy and install an additional piece of equipment to add to other equipment planned for the refurbishment.

"The grant is in addition to £40,000 of grant funding from Central Government and the Lancashire Environmental Fund already secured for the work.

"The upgraded total budget of £44,400 will cover new and refurbished play equipment, repainting of the surroundings and drainage work to make the play area a suitable place for young visitors to the park."

A report coming before Cabinet states: “Haslam Park play area serves a large catchment of children and families; however, the equipment is very old and tired and in need of modernisation.

“Significant pieces of equipment have been lost from the play area because they have become past serviceable repair.”

The refurbishments will be financed with £4,400 from local charity the Harris Trust, £10,000 Government money from the Parks Fund and £30,000 from Lancashire Environmental Fund.