The Council has been granted £200,027 to spend on specific improvements for children's play to which it is adding a further £50,000 to ensure that first class improvements are delivered.

Water Play, Central Park:

This innovative interactive water playground is sited in the heart of the Central Park children's playground, adjacent to the town centre, and provides a unique and inclusive play opportunity for all younger people in the Borough.

With monies from the Big Lottery Fund, and added to by the Borough Council, the water playground consists of features designed to stimulate and challenge children of all abilities.Due to the interactive nature of the equipment, this allows the opportunity for children to explore their imagination, while stimulating and enriching their physical and mental development.

The water playground provides a balanced play environment from high energy play through to a fascinating haven for the very young.The mix of features and elements will encourage cross-generational play from a carer escorting a small child through a spraying arch to older children soaking each other with water cannons.

The features and elements include appropriate safety surfacing and assorted water textures all set in an Edwardian Seaside environment.

The water used will be stored and recycled for irrigation of the park. It was opened in Summer 2009.

Central Park is recognised as a well loved and visited park and this project has contributed towards the overall investment being made in the area both in terms of capital improvements and community development.

Skate Park Phase 2:

Although the skate park in Central Park has been brilliant for skilled users, it is recognised that youngsters new or returning to skating or BMX may find it challenging.

In view of this, part of the BIG Lottery grant has been used to deliver Phase2 of the Skatepark - the extension will serve as an 'Introduction area' allowing users of all abilities to use the facility. The Skating/BMX communities have been involved with the design ahead of its opening in late summer 2009.

Teen Chill-out Zones:

It has been recognised that teenagers who do not want to be involved with physical activity are not well catered for in the Borough's Children's playgrounds.

A few playgrounds have shelters where children/teenagers can 'chill-out' whilst watching friends playing ball games. The Big Lottery grant is being used to add Chill-out shelters to the multi games areas at Attlee Drive, Hesketh Park and Willow Walks playgrounds.