Mar 8 2010 Halton Borough Council, It's Our World
A full-size model steam-engine will be the highlight of a new railway-themed play area soon to open in Halton.
Next to the Miniature Railway at Town Park in Runcorn, the play area will include a range of equipment suitable for everyone from toddlers to teenagers.
As well as the steam-engine, there will be play carriages, swings and climbing frame, new paths, benches and railway signs. A second platform will also be built taking passengers to new 'destinations' along the rail-track, including picnic areas, climbing boulders and a timber agility trail.
The play area was designed by Halton Borough Council’s Open Space Services Division, in close consultation with local residents including Friends of Town Park and Halton Miniature Railway Society. The play area has cost around £200,000, funded by the Council, the Local Area Forum, the Government’s Playbuilder initiative, Waste Recycling Group Ltd (through a landfill communities fund grant administered by WREN), and Play England.
The main part of the play area will be open for the Easter holidays with the remainder completed later in April.
Cllr Phil Harris, the Council’s Executive Board member for parks said: "It is vital that all children and young people have the chance to play. It helps to build confidence and develop imagination but, above all, play is fun and allows young people a level of freedom and independence that is important for their growth.
“Over 20 play areas will have been refurbished or built from scratch across Halton when this three-year investment is complete, having used the thoughts and ideas of the children themselves and other residents.’’