A new public recreation area has been officially opened in an East Lancashire borough.

It includes a floodlit multi-use games area and outdoor gym equipment.

A seven-a-side grass football pitch will open at the site later in the summer.

The site is off Holme Road at the edge of the former Stoneyholme Recreation Ground in Burnley.

The re-development is part of a multi-million-pound extension to Burnley College.

As part of the planning approval for that project - which will include a state-of-the-art industry hub to train and upskill the carpenters, joiners and furniture makers of tomorrow - the college agreed to fund and build a replacement recreational area for the local community.

The new recreation area was officially opened by the Mayor of Burnley and Daneshouse with Stoneyholme ward's Cllr Shah Hussain in front of an audience of representatives from Burnley Council including leader Cllr Afrasiab Anwar, the college and builders John Turner Construction Group.

He said: "It's wonderful that the new leisure facilities in Stoneyholme have opened up, whilst right next door you’ve got the new college extension taking shape that will help train the professional craftsmen and women of the future.

"Both are an investment in our communities and I'm sure that both will be very well used by generations to come."

Burnley College principal Karen Buchanan said: “It is great to see plans for this new, improved recreation area come to fruition and we hope it will be enjoyed by the community for years to come.”

The recreation site will be managed and maintained by the council.