Play time at Alexandra Park

Alexandra Park
(l-r) Cllr Graham Welborn, Mary Fortune (Chair of Friends of Alexandra Park) and Richard Smith (WREN) with Year 1 pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School and Cllr Tony Higgins (far right), celebrate the official opening of the new play area.
Published: Friday, 9th March 2018

Stockton Heath families can look forward to more active, fun-filled times, thanks to the opening of the revamped play area at Alexandra Park.

The £115,000 project has seen the popular play area undergo a much-needed refurbishment. Catering for children aged two to 13, the upgrade has transformed a basic and tired area into a modern, exciting play zone, with a range of new, inclusive equipment, to ensure access for disabled children.

Significant improvements have been made to the hardstanding play area, including a repositioning of the basketball court with new markings, colourful graphics for alternative play games and new bicycle and scooter routes.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, joined children from St Thomas Primary School and representatives from the Friends of Alexandra Park, to admire the sparkling new equipment and celebrate the completion of the project.

Cllr Higgins said: “We continue to invest in our parks and green spaces, and this project is the latest example of how we are delivering inclusive play facilities in every part of the borough.

“Alexandra Park is very popular and well-used by local people, so I’m looking forward to the new-look play area benefiting many, many local families. Best of all, the area has been designed to break down barriers to play and to be accessible to the widest possible range of young people. It will be a fantastic asset for the Stockton Heath community.”

Grant funding of £50,000 was awarded by FCC Environment through WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund for the scheme, with the council contributing a further £65,000 towards the project.

About WREN

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