Royalists to take on Roundheads again in £250,000 play area project

Astley Park work is well underway
Astley Park work is well underway
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Work is now well underway to create a one-of-a-kindplay area in a popular Chorley park.

Plans and designs were revealed last year to create a state-of-the-art Royalists and Roundheads play area at Astley Park.

Contractors have already started work on the £250,000 project.

Developers Newground have started building ruins using textured rough stone.

Mark Grimshaw, contract manager at Newground, said: “This is a really exciting project and we’re proud to be part of it.

“We’ve come up with a truly bespoke and interesting scheme which will not only extend the play provision within Chorley, but also enhance the landscape of Astley Park.”

The main focus of the area is based on a castle ruin.

The play equipment will feature an enclosed kitchen area with a pig on a spit,half buried pieces of old carvings, a drawbridge with stone turrets and arrow slits, zip wires, swings, a wall tower and many more pieces of equipment.

It is being built next to the park’s pavilion.

Parklands High School has chosen a number of students to be involved in an eight-week work experience placement at the destination play area.

Members of the Brothers of Charity organisation is hoping be involved in planting and maintenance closer to the completion of the site.

Coun Bev Murray, who is responsible for the Astley complex and play facilities at Chorley Council, said: “The work on the new destination play area at Astley Park is progressing well. Some of the play equipment has now been installed and you can start to see the towers and rocks that will form the castle ruins.

“People have been asking for improved play facilities and over the next year Chorley Council is investing significantly in this area.”