Work to transform Sytchcroft Park in Neston with a new play area and park landscaping was completed recently, and the park is now formally open to the public.
Cheshire West and Chester Council, Neston Town Council, partners, funders and contractors have all been working together to improve the park over the last year.
The work has seen the introduction of a new play area, a multi-use games area, additional footpaths and open space landscaping.
The installation of CCTV and lighting improvements within the park has also been completed through joint working between Cheshire West and Chester Council’s highways/street lighting team, Neston Town Council and Cheshire Police.
As well as this, work has also been scheduled to improve the lighting from the park to Neston Train Station.
Funding has come from from a variety of sources, including: Cheshire West and Chester Council, Neston Town Council, the Neston Section 106 Group, WREN Community Action Fund, local ward member funding, Neston Civic Society, ForHousing, Adactus Housing Association, Tesco Bags of Help and Borderlands Railway.
A local artist has been commissioned – and is currently conducting workshops with pupils from Neston High School and Neston Primary School to complete a community art project to design a site theme to incorporated into site entrance information boards.
This will support the “Smile for a Mile” initiative.
That work is to be completed over the coming months, and examples of the children’s work will be displayed at Neston Community Youth Centre and Neston Town Hall.
Spring bulbs have also been planted by children from Neston Primary School, St Winefride’s RC Primary School and Woodfall Primary School.
A community celebration event is to be organised for the spring to celebrate the new park.
CWAC’s Cllr Louise Gittins commented: “The council has produced a borough-wide Play Strategy which provides a valuable resource to those with a responsibility for managing outdoor play and youth spaces.
“Utilising the play strategy, the Council and its partners have been delivering a play improvement plan over the past couple of years.
“The improved play area and open space at Sytchcroft has been part of this process and is a fine example of successful partnership working between the Council, Neston Town Council, funders, partners and the community.”
Cllr Gittins added: “Neston residents now have a wonderful new facility to enjoy which I am sure will contribute to improved health and well-being.
“I would like to offer my thanks to all who have taken part in the delivery of this project.”
Neston town councillor and chair of the Sytchcroft Working Group, Cllr Ceri Lloyd said: “The transformation of Sytchcroft Park demonstrates how effective a town council can be for its community.
“I’m delighted that this part of Neston now has the significant investment it deserves for its children and their families and I hope they thoroughly enjoy it!”