Improvements to a play area in a Rawtenstall park are being considered as part of a plan to improve the area.

A draft 'Masterplan for Improvements' was shared with park users and residents in Spring 2023 and it outlined some of the changes that could be made within Whitaker Park. 

From the feedback one of the first improvements being considered is a project to upgrade the play area for children.  This would involve adding a new junior play space within the park.

Cllr Liz McInnes from Rossendale Borough Council and Friends of Whitaker Park said: "It’s wonderful that so many residents and visitors are excited about upgrading Whitaker Park.

"We know that our parks support the health and wellbeing of residents and visitors across Rossendale, so we think that improving the play facilities is a great idea. 

"Outdoor play is a fantastic way to encourage children to get out into the fresh air, have fun, and get healthy, so we’re delighted to support this.’’ 

The group have launched a new survey to see what ideas the community has for the design of the new facility. 

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Cllr McInnes added: "The team would really like to find out what people think about these ideas and find out what else local families think should be included in the design of a new play space.

"It’s a great opportunity to tell us about the play equipment, facilities, and fun details, that you and your children most want to see when you play. 

"The more feedback we get, the more chance we’ll have of creating a space that children will love – so we’d like to hear from as many people as possible.’’ 

Rossendale Borough Council is working alongside community interest company Proffitts – Investing in Communities, and local community groups including The Friends of Whitaker Park, The Whitaker Park Museum, Civic Pride Rossendale, The Rossendale Leisure Trust, and Incredible Edible Rossendale on a project to improve Whitaker Park in Rawtenstall.

The survey will be open until February 29. After this date, the plans will be finalised, and the fund-raising process will begin. 

Updates can be found at 

If you would like any other information about the project, please contact Martin Proffitt at Proffitts (CIC) on 07989928038 or