A playground that was closed while it was revamped has now reopened to the public.

The new and improved play area in Weir was a joint project by Rossendale Borough Council, Weir Pride, and Investing in Communities.

As part of the upgrade, the existing climbing frame has been extended, the old trim trail and timber toddler unit have been removed, and new pieces of toddler and junior play equipment, including a zipline, basket swing, and sandpit have been installed.

Lancashire Telegraph: The playground in Weir has undergone a transformationThe playground in Weir has undergone a transformation (Image: Rossendale Borough Council)

Other play elements including stepping stones, tunnels, boulders, and earth mounds have also been added.

Additional seating, a sand-filled carpet surface, new trees and wildflowers, fencing, a formal woodland path among the trees, and colourful signage designed by children from Northern Primary School in the village, complete the playground.

Cllr Barbara Ashworth, the borough council’s portfolio holder for communities, health, and wellbeing, said: ‘’We’re thrilled that we have been able to improve Weir Play Area. We know that residents have wanted to see the space upgraded for a long time, and I’m certain that they will enjoy meeting, playing, and socialising here a lot more now that works have been completed.

“It’s wonderful to be able to provide community facilities that will encourage children to get out in the fresh air and have fun with their friends.’’

Lancashire Telegraph: New equipment has been installed at the playgroundNew equipment has been installed at the playground (Image: Rossendale Borough Council)

Cara Duffy, from Weir Pride, added: ’We’d like to thank all the local residents for their support during the consultation, planning, and building stages of the project – lots of people have shared their ideas and feedback, and we’re excited to be able to finally welcome everyone to the new space.

“We’d particularly like to thank the funders from FCC Community Action Fund, Lancashire Environment Fund, Tesco Bags of Help, Nations Lottery Awards for All, and Rossendale Borough Council for making this happen. We couldn’t have done it without them!’’