Themed destination play area set for grand opening

The Royalists and Roundheads play area in Astley Park
The Royalists and Roundheads play area in Astley Park

A £260,000 history-themed play area will open today.

After months of work, constructors have completed the finishing touches to the new destination play area, in Astley Park, Chorley.

The play area has a theme of Royalists and Roundheads, which has links to Astley Hall where it is believed Oliver Cromwell once stayed.

It is situated next to the pavilion in the park along side of the current smaller play area and it also 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 is responsible for the Astley complex at Chorley Council, will officially open the play area with Chorley’s MP Lindsay Hoyle today at 2pm.

“Everyone is really excited to see the play area finished and open after watching its construction,” she said.

“It looks fantastic and I hope everyone will enjoy 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.”

The new play area is the latest facility to be built.

Over five years, Chorley Council plans to upgrade equipment and build new facilities in a number of parks across the borough.

Already, Jubilee Recreation Ground in Adlington has a new skate park while Rangletts Recreation Ground, on Duke Street, Chorley, is having a new games area and skate park built.