£1m boost for Liverpool’s play areas

More than 20 new or improved play areas will be delivered across Liverpool following the announcement of a £1 million programme to boost the city’s child-friendly facilities.

Getting underway this summer, the programme, announced by the Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson, aims to improve standards in current play areas whilst also addressing the lack of provisions in parts of the city.

Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson says: “Simon O’Brien’s Strategic Green and Open Space Review Board has rightly highlighted the gaps in children’s play in parts of the city. I’m delighted to announce this new initiative to fill the gaps.”

The play areas will focus on natural play, using materials such as treated wood, and funding will be raised from Section 106 contributions – the sums which will be paid by developers as part of planning agreements.

Councillor Steve Munby, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, says: “This programme shows the importance we attach to having play areas right across the city.

“We are funding in a way in which they will go hand in hand with developments in the city – developers will pay for play.”

The new play areas will be at Allerton Towers, Camp Hill, Score Lane Gardens, Norris Green Park, Croxteth Park – West Derby Gate, Wavertree Playground (the Mystery), Windsor Gardens (Cherry Lane) and Ackers Hall.

Improvements to existing play areas will also be made at Blackrod Avenue, Great George Square, Kirkdale Recreation Ground, Parkhill Public Open Space, Radcliffe Public Open Space, Richmond Park, Thirlmere Public Open Space,  Walton Hall Park, Everton Terrace, Netherley Park, Rice Lane and Banks Road.

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