Play area opens as part of park revamp

Play area opens as part of park revamp

by Tom Martin (August 2022)

A NEGLECTED park in Thornton has been transformed with the arrival of a new children’s play area, as well as new bins, paths, benches and trees.

The raft of new measures were announced earlier this year by Sefton Council as they look to improve Runnells Lane Park, which is the only park in Thornton.

The new children’s play area at Runnells Lane Park was officially opened on Monday, August 1 by Sefton’s Mayor, Cllr Clare Carragher.

Cllr Carragher also planted a new cherry tree with Deputy Lieutenant Mr Michael Braham as part of the Queens Green Canopy Campaign marking the Queens Platinum Jubilee Year.

Following much needed improvements to its play and recreation facilities, as well as its paths and landscaping, Runnells Lane Park is now fully open to the public.

The works have been complete in time for the school summer holidays, and families will be able to enjoy the new children’s play area and refurbished multi-use games area.

The improvement works have also included the installation of a new bin and benches for the play area. A new path has also been created around the edge of the site.

A further phase of works is due to begin in Autumn which will see new trees planted around the boundary of the park to improve the local environment and support wildlife.

While a new tree avenue will be created along the existing footpath. In addition, it is hoped that a new wildlife friendly meadow can be established on part of the site.

Cllr Carragher, who was joined at the park by ward councillors and cabinet member Cllr Ian Moncur, said: “It’s great to celebrate the reopening of the park, knowing the positive impact this will have on the local community, and I’m certain the new play area will be very popular with local children.”

Cllr Ian Moncur, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing said: “This is the only public park in Thornton, and it provides an important community space.

“It’s fantastic to see improvements that will benefit people of all ages in the area.”

Funding to create the improvements was secured from Veolia Environmental Trust, which supports community projects across the whole of England, by using Manor Ward Section 106 planning funds as match funding.

The project was delivered by the council’s Green Sefton service in partnership with the Council’s Neighbourhoods Team.

Local residents have expressed interest in forming a Friends of Runnells Lane Park group who would undertake volunteer duties and support events and activities.

Those interested can contact Green Sefton by email

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