Published Friday 6 June 2014 at 10:32
A play park which had been hit by vandals on numerous occasions has been transformed into a new track for youngsters to learn how to cycle safely.
The new cycle way has been built in the play area at Griffin Park. Previous play equipment had been targeted by vandals and was costing thousands to fix back up.
The track which mimics the layout of real roads with pedestrian crossings, roundabouts and signs teaches children and young people about cycling and roads in a safe environment.
The track was officially opened by Councillor Kate Hollern, leader of Blackburn with Darwen Council, and Councillor Jim Smith, Mill Hill ward member and Executive Member for the Environment, with families who live near the park.
Parents said they were extremely happy about the cycle way and thought it would benefit their children.
Councillor Smith said:
“I am delighted it is open and I am very pleased to hear parents and their children say how much they like it. One parent told me their little one had been on it constantly even before it was officially opened. Kids need a safe environment to learn how to ride a bike and about road safety. This is a perfect setting for them to get all the skills they need and it is a place where they can come to exercise and keep fit and healthy.”
Councillor Hollern said:
“It is a great facility for children and young people. The youngsters seemed to really love it. Places like this are a great way to learn about road safety and knowing what to expect on the roads. Road safety is very important to me and I firmly believe something like this can help tackle the issue as well as teaching kids to use their bikes safely . We will be certainly looking at developing more these.”