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Friends of Alexandra Park Needs You!

Stockton Heath families can look forward to more active, fun-filled times, thanks to the opening of the revamped play area at Alexandra Park, however they need your help!

Year 1 Pupils at St Thomas CE Primary School, Stockton Heath, enjoy the new play equipment

The £115,000 project has seen the popular play area undergo a much-needed refurbishment. Catering for children aged two to 13, the upgrade has transformed a basic and tired area into a modern, exciting play zone, with a range of new, inclusive equipment, to ensure access for disabled children.

Significant improvements have been made to the hardstanding play area, including a repositioning of the basketball court with new markings, colourful graphics for alternative play games and new bicycle and scooter routes.

Warrington Borough Council’s executive board member for leisure and community, Cllr Tony Higgins, joined children from St Thomas Primary School and representatives from the Friends of Alexandra Park, to admire the sparkling new equipment and celebrate the completion of the project.

(l-r): Cllr Graham Welborn, Mary Fortune (Chair of Friends of Alexandra Park) and Richard Smith (WREN) with Year 1 pupils from St Thomas CE Primary School and Cllr Tony Higgins (far right), celebrate the official opening of the new play area.

Cllr Higgins said: “We continue to invest in our parks and green spaces, and this project is the latest example of how we are delivering inclusive play facilities in every part of the borough.

“Alexandra Park is very popular and well-used by local people, so I’m looking forward to the new-look play area benefiting many, many local families. Best of all, the area has been designed to break down barriers to play and to be accessible to the widest possible range of young people. It will be a fantastic asset for the Stockton Heath community.”

Grant funding of £50,000 was awarded by FCC Environment through WREN’s FCC Community Action Fund for the scheme, with the council contributing a further £65,000 towards the project.

YOUR LOCAL PARK NEEDS YOU!

The Friends of Alexandra Park are a small group based in Alexandra Park, Alexandra Road, Stockton Heath WA4 2UT and would welcome anyone who wants to join them to help keep it as a community asset as it is the only council managed green space in Stockton Heath! They have been working with the local council over the years and following the new playground upgrade which is proving to be a big success, they also run a café in the park.

Café In The Park is now in its 9th Year.

Opening: Sat 31st March 2018 (Easter Saturday) to the end of August
Open:  From 2pm to 4pm
Serving: Delicious Home Made Cakes, Hot & Cold Drinks and Ice Lollies
Staffed: By Local Volunteers (Subject to enough volunteers on the day!)

All profits made go towards the upkeep of the Park.
However new people are always needed to help keep the café running.

We need help in the following areas:
Could you bake a cake occasionally for the café in the park?
Could you assist in the Café sometimes?

It’s a great way to meet new people in your local community and to make friends.
If you are interested please contact the group via their Facebook page FOAP(Friends of Alexandra Park)
or via email friendsofalexandrapark@gmail.com

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