Parks and Leisure
Kirkham and the Rural Fylde are very fortunate because we still have a very good community spirit and participation which is characterised by the many groups which work together to provide services and improvements for residents.
Count , Borough and Town Councillor Liz Oades
Kirkham in Bloom was formed in 1991 by a group of volunteers who wanted to improve the area by providing floral features throughout the town and clearing up grot spots by creating amenity areas and historical and artistic features such as The Loom Site on Station Road and The Tree for All Seasons on Poulton Street. The group raises funding for all its activities and, along with Wesham, has been the most successful area in the Fylde in the North West in Bloom Competition, winning awards every year from 1992 through to 2008. We have twice represented the North West in the National Finals of Britain in Bloom and were awarded a Silver Gilt. Although we have been very proud to win awards our main aim is to improve the town for its residents and visitors.
The Friends of Kirkham Parks Group was started in late 2008 and has a vibrant and hard working committee. Our aim is to provide an exciting and challenging play and leisure area for all ages in the Memorial Gardens. We have been fortunate in attracting Lottery funding for a Teenzone and we are applying for other grants to provide facilities which will transform the gardens to give the town an area it deserves and needs.
Kirkham and Rural Fylde Splash group was formed to put together a business plan and package to keep the swimming pool open, after it was threatened with closure by the Borough Council. The group was successful and has now, in conjunction with the YMCA, taken control of the pool. The group is planning to raise funding to improve the facilities in the pool and will soon launch a “Buy a Bubble” scheme which we hope will be well supported by residents of the Rural Fylde. We urge all residents to use the pool to secure its long term future.
Marching in protest - Kirkham Baths now Rural Splash is saved
Kirkham coat of arms, Mill Street