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Kirkham Memorial Park is known by many as a place to walk the dog, play football or simply as a link between one end of town and the other.

make as much of the play area accessible to children and young people of different abilities.

But now the play area and pathways are set for a £230,000 redesign, if local group The Friends of Kirkham Parks, are successful.

In addition there will be attractive entrances, improved pathways, more seating and picnicking spots, with additional trees and shrubs being planted.

The group of volunteers have worked collabora- tively with residents, schools, interest groups and the council to create a Master Plan, which is being used to attract funding.

But the plans are not just about play and relaxation; it is anticipated that the open community space near Church Street will host occasional community fun days, out door theatre and displays.

Plans are in place to replace the old play equipment with new, state-of-the-art swings, bouncers, climbing nets and slides, cable way and a bright train-themed toddler zone. There will be a natural boulder scramble slope, fitness trail and places to sit and relax. The aim is to

The Regeneration Project will benefit the whole community, in that carbon emissions will reduce as people choose to take their leisure time within the town.

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