Play time at Enfield Park

Enfield Park
Caption: Cllr Tony Higgins (third from right) and Richard Smith from WREN (far right) join local councillors, council officers and children from Cinnamon Brow Primary School to celebrate the official re-opening of Enfield Park.
Published: Monday, 8th April 2019

There are plenty of fun play days ahead for young people and families in Cinnamon Brow, thanks to the completion of a major park refurbishment.

Work has been completed on the new-look play area in Enfield Park. The £185,000 investment has seen a range of improvements made.

Both the younger and older children’s play areas have had a variety of brand new, inclusive play equipment installed, with new surfacing and fencing installed around both areas. 

The play area has also been made more accessible. Three of the paths into the park have been opened up via landscape improvements and have had tarmac laid to allow access for all into all areas of the park. A new tarmac footpath now runs through the centre of the two play areas.

There have also been extensive improvements made to the football court, including the repair of damaged areas of tarmac surface, full re-lining of the court and the refurbishment of the goalposts. In addition, there is now a track around the outside of the football court for children who want to use their bicycles and scooters.

The site had been enclosed by trees around the perimeter. As part of the works, tree clearance was undertaken to open up the area, and improve the visibility and safety of users. Year 5 and 6 pupils from Cinnamon Brow Primary School helped plant some new trees, as part of the official opening.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins – who joined children for the play area opening – said: “We know the huge benefits to health and wellbeing that high quality play facilities bring to young people and families. That’s why we continue our programme of investment in them, in every part of the borough.

“I’m delighted that the refurbished Enfield Park play area is now open, for the whole community to enjoy. The improvements we have made have given the whole area a new lease of life and provided a first class play facility to be enjoyed by children and families for many years to come.”

Grant funding of £50,000 was awarded by FCC Environment through WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund for the scheme, with Council providing the remainder of the funding for the project.

Richard Smith, WREN’s grant manager for Warrington, says: “It’s wonderful to see something we have funded finally open and ready to make such a difference to children and families across Cinnamon Brow. This is a great example of what can be achieved when the community and the local authority come together and I hope it us used and enjoyed for many years to come.”
 
The contractor for the scheme was Wicksteed.  

Notes to Editors
•    WREN is a not for profit business that awards grants to community, environmental and heritage projects across the UK from funds donated by FCC Environment as part of a voluntary environmental tax credit scheme called the Landfill Communities Fund. Since 1998, WREN has granted over £150m to more than 6,000 projects which benefit people living within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site. 

For more information please visit www.wren.org.uk