JUST under a year ago it looked like an impossible dream.

Campaigners in Lytham wanted to create a better play area at their local recreation ground - but faced a host of obstacles to their ambitious goal.

But, after linking up with local authorities and a neighbouring business, community group Park View 4U are starting to see their efforts pay off.

A new car park has opened its doors courtesy of AEGON. It will be used by staff during the week, but it will also be used by visitors to Park View playing fields in the evening and at weekends.

New traffic arrangements and cycle paths are to follow, while Fylde Borough Council has launched a bid for a Football Foundation grant towards drainage work which will create four community football pitches.

''We can see light at the end of our tunnel," said Cath Powell, a founder members of Park View 4U: "All the elements that we need in place to rejuvenate Park View playing fields seem to be coming together and I am so proud of all the hard work that everybody is putting in."

Play area consultant, Alan Dymond, is now speaking to Lytham children about what they want from the park, and a presentation evening is to be held so the group can show off its plans to the wider community.

"We need money to provide the play area that our children deserve and have attracted support from lots of local businesses," she added: "but we need more.

"This play area, once finished will give hours of fun and enjoyment for so many children. I am very hopeful that more local businesses will want to get involved."

Details of the presentation evening will be announced shortly. If you would like to join Park View 4U, call Cath on 01253 736754.