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ELLESMERE PORT’S WESTMINSTER PARK RE-OPENS FOLLOWING £36,000 IMPROVEMENT SCHEME
1 April 2014 – Ellesmere Port’s Westminster Park has officially re-opened following a £36,000 project to improve play and leisure facilities for users.
Following a successful public consultation, the works – which include provision of new toddler play equipment to replace old wooden play equipment – were carried out at the request of local residents.
Enhancements have also been completed to the sports facilities, with an extension of the tarmac pitch and the installation of a second goal to enable team sports to be played at the park.
Executive Member for Culture and Economy, Councillor Stuart Parker, said: “I am delighted to be able to announce that we have completed this very worthwhile project and the park can now be enjoyed by the local community again.
“This scheme was a classic example of the community and council working together to highlight local need and find the funding to make it happen.”
The Council’s Greenspace team was approached by park users last year, requesting new play equipment and improvements to sporting facilities. The Council managed to secure funding from its own budget , supported by a contribution from Plus Dane Housing Trust.
Proposals were drawn up to replace some of the old wooden play equipment, which were coming to the end of their lifespan, with three new pieces specifically for toddlers and extend the sport pitch to add another goal end and an extension of the tarmac playing surface to enable year round play of team sports. Local residents were invited to come and share their views on proposed improvements in Ellesmere Port’s Westminster Park and help shape the improvements soon to take place.
Local member, Councillor Pat Merrick, said: “These improvements for Westminster Park have come as a direct result of local residents sharing their community’s ideas.
“I hope that the community now make the most of the new facilities, especially as the lighter, warmer nights draw nearer.”
The final element of the project will be a community planting activity to replant the two raised planters. The local primary school will be involved in this activity and it will conclude the overall improvement project for the park.