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Burnley park is getting new play equipment

Release date: 
Thursday, 16 November, 2017

Work has begun on the exciting plans for the play area at Thompson Park.

The revamp of children’s playground is part of a wider £1.2 million Heritage Lottery funded project, which will see the pavilion café, Italian gardens, the boathouse and toilet facilities restored and refurbished.

The play area has been now closed to the public and is expected to remain shut until mid-March, whilst the work to remove existing play equipment and fit the new play facilities is being carried out.

There will be lots of new exciting play opportunities with the introduction of an inclusive sand and water play unit, made possible by the Lancashire Environment Fund, a cantilever swing and an aerial runway.

As well as installing the new equipment, the playground will see some existing equipment refurbished including the popular rocking horse, multiplay unit and swing sets.

Councillor John Harbour, Burnley Council’s executive member for housing and environment, said: “I am pleased that the work is now starting and by Easter 2018 we will have a fun play space for young children to enjoy.

“This park holds a special place in the town’s history and I look forward to the time when the park is restored to its former glory.”

The council’s executive has agreed two tenders from east Lancashire companies for work to go ahead on restoring park buildings and replacing Art Deco gates and railings around the park, particularly along the Ormerod Road frontage. The work is set to begin next month.

It will include the refurbishment of the existing toilet block and the conversion of the boathouse into a café, which will provide a place to shelter and get refreshments while being able to view the play area.

The paddling pool, which is one of the few open air public pools remaining in the North West, will be resurfaced and the system of filling and draining will be improved to make it more efficient. .

The octagonal shelter, just outside the play area entrance, will be replaced with a new one towards the end of the project in spring 2018.

Visitors to the park are advised that there is some disruption whilst the restoration project is underway. This includes public toilets being closed while work on the playground is being carried out.

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