Space-themed play park planned for Accrington

First published in Accrington Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

RESIDENTS in Accrington are celebrating after the opening of a £74,000 play area.

Dozens of people gathered at the space-themed play park in Exch-ange Street yesterday for the official launch day.

Mayor of Hyndburn Coun Col-ette McCormack cut the ribbon and there were performances by Springhill Morris Dancers and young persons dance choir Skoot, from Oswaldtwistle, as well as an Easter egg hunt.

Residents in the Springhill area have been awaiting the opening of the park for eight years, when plans were originally submitted.

The project has been part funded through the Big lottery Fund, Community Spaces Program and by Hyndburn Council, in partnership with Spring Hill Community Network. The park caters for children aged four to 12 and features a slide, swings, climbing frames and space themed roundabouts.

Diane Fielding, chair of the Springhill Network Group, said: “After extensive consultation with young people a space theme was chosen and a design brief was prepared to meet the needs of the local children. The area has been desperately in need of something to keep children occupied as there are hardly any activities available for them. So far all the feedback has been extremely positive.”

Mum-of-four Michelle Ancers, 39 of Higher Antley Street said: “ The park is fantastic. The children love it and the space theme seems very popular — my children want to come and play here all day.

“There is nothing for children to do around here. We have waited for a new play area for a long time and everyone seems to be thrilled that it is now open. Now the park is here we just hope that it is well maintained and doesn’t become a target for vandals.”

Mum-of-one Rose Cougill, 16 from the Springhill area said: “The park is great, I wish there had been something like this when I was younger..”

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5:50pm Mon 2 Apr 12

ratshowilikeit says...

Mum of one @16!!! That says it all about accrington!!!!
Mum of one @16!!! That says it all about accrington!!!! ratshowilikeit
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10:45pm Mon 2 Apr 12

Graham Hartley says...

Space theme; has the atmosphere been removed and the void repopulated with hazardous matter and radiation?
Space theme; has the atmosphere been removed and the void repopulated with hazardous matter and radiation? Graham Hartley
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10:23am Wed 4 Apr 12

LancsLass says...

Well we will see about it staying nice and well looked after won't we seen as it is located on the dirt track used daily for drug dealing and when all the little kids who the park is really meant for disappear at bed time and all the teenagers and older people then turn up at the park to congregate and do god knows what on there until nearly midnight. Time will tell but I bet it is wrecked within months
Well we will see about it staying nice and well looked after won't we seen as it is located on the dirt track used daily for drug dealing and when all the little kids who the park is really meant for disappear at bed time and all the teenagers and older people then turn up at the park to congregate and do god knows what on there until nearly midnight. Time will tell but I bet it is wrecked within months LancsLass
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9:25pm Wed 4 Apr 12

maxcollie says...

What do you expect?It is Springhill!
What do you expect?It is Springhill! maxcollie
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12:31pm Sun 8 Apr 12

Cheese gnome says...

LancsLass wrote:
Well we will see about it staying nice and well looked after won't we seen as it is located on the dirt track used daily for drug dealing and when all the little kids who the park is really meant for disappear at bed time and all the teenagers and older people then turn up at the park to congregate and do god knows what on there until nearly midnight. Time will tell but I bet it is wrecked within months
You could always take action yourself, when you spot these peole drug dealing and doing "other" stuff report it.....just saying.
[quote][p][bold]LancsLass[/bold] wrote: Well we will see about it staying nice and well looked after won't we seen as it is located on the dirt track used daily for drug dealing and when all the little kids who the park is really meant for disappear at bed time and all the teenagers and older people then turn up at the park to congregate and do god knows what on there until nearly midnight. Time will tell but I bet it is wrecked within months[/p][/quote]You could always take action yourself, when you spot these peole drug dealing and doing "other" stuff report it.....just saying. Cheese gnome
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