Youngsters can have adventures when new play area opens

The destination play area under construction earlier this year

The destination play area under construction earlier this year

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Children will soon be able to play in Astley Park’s new themed play area, which opens on Friday afternoon.

Chorley Council has announced it is almost ready to use after months of work to build the destination play area at the side of the pavilion and the current smaller play area.

It has a theme of Royalists and Roundheads, with links to Astley Hall where it is believed Oliver Cromwell once stayed, and has sections for younger and older children.

The concept is based on a castle ruin with natural stone to form “rooms”, which are linked with footpaths.

The play equipment includes slides, climbing stacks, zip wires, swings, a hip-hop see-saw, balance trails and a wall tower.

Coun Bev Murray, who has responsibility for the Astley complex at the council, will officially open the play area with Chorley’s MP Lindsay Hoyle.

She said: “Everyone is really excited to see the play area finished and open after watching its construction over the last few months. It looks fantastic and I hope everyone will enjoy creating their own adventures on it.

“As soon as you see the destination area, you will see that it provides a much wider range of play activities and equipment than regular play areas and we hope it will attract lots of local families as well as more users from outside the area.”