New look play area for Huyton park

Published on: Wednesday, 15-April-2015

Local youngsters are celebrating the arrival of the new-look play area at Court Hey Park in Huyton.

A £96,000 facelift has seen the refurbishment of existing play structures and the installation of new, state of the art equipment to appeal to children of all ages.

Families attending the Easter Fun Day event at the park helped unveil the new facility and were the first to try out the new equipment.

The work has been funded by a £50,000 grant from Biffa Award, as well as £23,000 from Cory Environmental Trust in Britain (CETB), through the Landfill Communities Fund (LCF), match funded by Knowsley Council.

The play space, which has been designed by children and young people, features a challenging climbing structure, rope swings, moving logs, climbing nets and a cradle swing. Located in a natural clearing within a wooded area of the park, the play area aims to connect local children and young people with their natural environment. 

Knowsley Council supported the Friends of Court Hey Park in their bid to expand and improve the play area, helping them prepare funding applications.

Marguerite Walker, Chair of the Friends of Court Hey Park, said: “The friends group has wanted to improve the play area for many years, and make it as accessible as possible for children of all ages. With support from Biffa Award, Cory Environmental Trust in Britain and Knowsley Council, this has now happened.”

John Flaherty, Knowsley Council’s Executive Director for Place said: “We have supported the friends group bid for the funding which has created this exciting play area. Our children had many great ideas which have been reflected in the final design. This new-look play area will be well used and a great addition to one of Knowsley’s award-winning parks.”