Residents’ play delight

An artist's impression of the new play area being built in the park on Oaklands Road, in Lowton
An artist's impression of the new play area being built in the park on Oaklands Road, in Lowton

RESIDENTS on a Lowton estate are celebrating after winning a two-year battle to secure funding for a new children’s play area.

The Oaklands and Meadows Residents Association has been given £45,000 of Lottery funding to transform a derelict old play area in the park on Oaklands Road.

The residents’ association took up the fight for a play park after Wigan Council put in an adventure playground on the park for older children, but youngsters aged eight and under still had to use the old sand-based play area.

The new play area will have a soft Tarmac base and has swings, slides and climbing frames, which are currently on order.

The new area, which will be maintained by Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust (WLCT), was ordered after the association consulted more than 700 homes on the estate on what they wanted to see in a new park, with an overwhelming number of responses asking for a safe place for young children on the estate to play.

Association treasurer Darren Smith said: “The old play park is being completely replaced because the swings and slides had been vandalised and it had a sand floor, which used to be full of broken glass from older children hanging around and drinking there.

“Tots immediately wanted to play in the sand and then they would get cut. There was also a problem with dog faeces in the sand, so the new park has a fence so dogs can’t go in there.

“We’re hoping the new equipment will turn the play park from somewhere older children hang around to a place for families to go.”

The association will mark the opening of the new play area with a family fun day on Saturday, May 5, at the park on Oaklands Road, from 1-4pm.

For more information about the residents’ association, ring 07734 591 187.