Children help design park

February 27 2015

AFTER 13 years in the pipeline, a play area at Ashley Down Green is finally coming to fruition.

AFTER 13 years in the pipeline, a play area at Ashley Down Green is finally coming to fruition.

The newly formed Friends of Ashley Down Green (FOADG) have played an instrumental role in driving the development forward, and have been working alongside the council to consult with local residents and generate ideas for the park.

A drop-in session was held on the field, behind Muller House, last month, giving local residents an opportunity to comment on the proposed designs and share ideas.

The proposed pieces of equipment have been designed to be sympathetic to its surroundings, with wooden beams and carved benches. It will be suitable for children up to 12-years-old.

Building work is set to start in the summer, with hope of completing the work by late summer.

The new play area has been afforded through Section 106 money, which was obtained through local developments in 2002.

There is enough money available to maintain the park for 15 years.

Rob Stroud, a member of FOADG, said: "It's been a long process, so we are really looking forward to finally seeing it finished.

"We have had some really positive feedback so far - one little girl even turned up to the drop-in session with a hand-drawn design for us."

Sefton Park School has also participated in the consultation process.

Children were asked by the council's neighbourhood officer Gary Brentnell, what activities they enjoyed and what they felt a play area should include.

They analysed a selection of proposals for other play areas, to help focus their choices of specific equipment and materials.

Maggie Smithson, Year 6 teacher, said: "The group provided very reflective feedback on their preferences and their reasons for them, including considering inclusion for all."

The council and FOADG will now work together to consider all recent feedback and formulate plans for a final consultation.

For further information, contact: ashleydowngreen@gmail.com. Follow @FriendsADG on Twitter to keep up-to-date with their plans.

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