Everyone welcome to fun day for new look park

Published July 5, 2017 at 14:36

A fun day is being held to celebrate the revamp of a popular Blackburn park.

Roe Lee Park has undergone a £65,000 facelift with new play equipment being installed, including two new climbing frames, a see-saw, basket swing, rotating saucer and new flooring.

The revamp is the result of efforts by the Friends of Roe Lee Park group who worked with Blackburn with Darwen Council to bring about the improvements.

Funding came from the Council’s section 106 budget contributed by developers and set aside for local amenities.

The fun day taking place on Saturday, July 8 will see the park officially reopen.

Activities will include a giant inflatable assault course, a bouncy castle, face painting, birds of prey, donkey rides, live music, fairground rides, arts and crafts and stalls.

Jason Walker, chairman, said: “The friends committee worked very hard on this project alongside the council so I am delighted to see the park finally open.

“The park is a vital part of our community where people can come for free and spend time with their families having quality time in the fresh air and giving their children an opportunity to play and be active.”

The equipment in the playground was 30 years old and needed to be replaced due to deterioration and vandalism.

Councillor Phil Riley, Executive member for Regeneration at Blackburn with Darwen Council, said: “This is a great example of the Council working in partnership with the community to improve the borough for residents.

“I hope local people will enjoy visiting this park for years to come.”

The fun day will run from midday until 4pm. Car parking is available at Roe Lee Primary School.

Everyone is welcome although children must be supervised by an adult.

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