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Seacombe Drive Park Improvement Scheme in Ellesmere Port – Official Opening

10th September 2015 – The official opening of the £145,000 improvement scheme at Seacombe Drive Park in Ellesmere Port has taken place.

Partners Cheshire West and Chester Council, WREN, The Veolia Environmental Trust, Plus Dane, the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund, which is delivered by the Football Foundation, funded the transformation.

Previously play facilities were dated, not as accessible and under- utilised.  This extensive project includes:

  • Upgrade of play facilities, including new play equipment and maintenance to retained play equipment, and installation of new safety surfacing,
  • Provision of new seating and picnic benches,
  •  Play graphics to extend play opportunities for children
  • Extension of the pathway network, to make the park more accessible especially during the winter months.
  • Works also included a refresh of the MUGA (multi games court) which included a repainting programme, new basketball hoops, repairs to surfacing, and painting of the youth shelter.
  • Minor entrance improvements to improve site lines and general access at Charter Crescent entrance.

Tree planting to naturally enhance the park, will be completed in the autumn.

Groundwork Cheshire led on consultation with residents and park users and in designing the final scheme and people can now enjoy the results of that consultation.

Sutton Councillor Paul Donovan said: “These fantastic improvements have been very well received by local children and adults with a large increase in usage of both the equipment and the pathways.

“A great deal of thought went into the overall design and its success is based on the fact that everyone was asked to take part in designing the scheme.”

Simon Settle, Head of Community Programmes for WREN, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support the extensive programme of refurbishment work at Seacombe Drive Park and are pleased our funding has helped to breathe new life into such a key open green space for people across Ellesmere Port to enjoy.

“WREN is always happy to consider grant applications for projects that make a real difference to local communities and having fantastic recreational spaces such as this one is really important to people’s health, wellbeing and happiness”.

The Executive Director of The Veolia Environmental Trust, Paul Taylor, said: “We were pleased to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.  The improvements to the play area have really enhanced Seacombe Drive Park and I hope it is used and enjoyed by the whole community for many years to come.”

Peter Jones Repairs and Maintenance Manager Ellesmere Port for Plus Dane stated: “We are always keen to support worthwhile projects via funding through our Small Scale Improvements initiative.  The application for funding must provide evidence of making a real difference to the wider community. This scheme provided that evidence and is another fine example of partnerships working to enhance and improve existing facilities”.

Paul Thorogood, Chief Executive of the Football Foundation, said: “I am delighted that a grant from the Premier League & The FA Facilities Fund has enabled Seacombe Drive Park to make improvements at Ellesmere Port.

“With this funding, provided by the Premier League, The FA and Government, through Sport England, we are helping to improve community sports facilities across the country and thereby the playing experience of those who take part.”